Marriage following the 1997 Umbria-Marche (Italy) earthquake

Gabriele Prati (Department of Psychology, University of Bologna, Cesena, Italy)
Luca Pietrantoni (Department of Psychology, University of Bologna, Bologna, Italy)

Disaster Prevention and Management

ISSN: 0965-3562

Publication date: 28 January 2014

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to replicate Cohan and Cole (2002) Hurricane Hugo study in the context of a different type of natural hazard and in a different country.

Design/methodology/approach

Change in marriage following the 1997 Umbria-Marche (Italy) earthquake was examined prospectively from 1987 to 2007 for the 15 municipalities declared disaster areas and for the whole Marche region and country.

Findings

Autoregressive integrated moving average time-series analysis showed that the year following the earthquake marriage rates decreased only in the 15 municipalities declared disaster areas.

Originality/value

In the present study, the paper found results in the opposite direction to Cohan and Cole (2002) Hurricane Hugo study. Taken together, the findings suggest that the direction of the change may be in either direction and depends on the characteristics of the disaster, of the response to it, and on social and economic conditions of the context.

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Citation

Prati, G. and Pietrantoni, L. (2014), "Marriage following the 1997 Umbria-Marche (Italy) earthquake", Disaster Prevention and Management, Vol. 23 No. 1, pp. 12-18. https://doi.org/10.1108/DPM-09-2013-0155

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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