Psychological Effects on Victims of the Johor Flood 2006/2007

  •  R. Nasir    
  •  A. Z. Zainah    
  •  R. Khairudin    


Flood is one of the many types of natural disaster that affects human lives. Often the focus of such disaster has been on physical losses. Nevertheless, psychological effects of natural disaster have become equal importance that needed much attention. The objective of the current study is to explore psychological effects in terms of cognition, feeling or emotion and behavior. The study adopted an exploratory qualitative approach. A total of five respondents were interviewed using face-to-face technique. Results showed that victims suffered cognitive, emotional and behavioral shortfalls such as fear, anxiety, hopelessness, helplessness and depression. Emotional issues were the most apparent dimension among the three psychological dimensions under study. The implication of this study suggests strong social support from people who are well equipped with knowledge and skills in the management of stress, anxiety and other psychological problems.

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