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Perievent distress during fires - The impact of perceived emergency

Perievent distress during fires - The impact of perceived emergency

Knuth, Daniela, Kehl, Doris, Hulse, Lynn ORCID: 0000-0001-5582-3520 and Schmidt, Silke (2012) Perievent distress during fires - The impact of perceived emergency. Journal of Environmental Psychology, 34. pp. 10-17. ISSN 0272-4944 (doi:

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Emotional distress during fire situations and other emergencies has been found to be an important factor
in predicting posttraumatic stress symptoms. Little research has been done concerning the predictors of
peri-event emotional distress itself and its related factors. The present study investigated the predictive
power of pre- and peri-event factors on peri-event emotional distress in a European convenience sample
of 574 domestic fire survivors. In addition to peri-event emotional distress, the increase in distress due to
the fire (i.e. fire-induced emotional distress) was investigated. It was found that fire-induced emotional
distress could be predicted by the amount of prior perceived emergency knowledge, perceived time
pressure, perceived threat, panic attack symptoms and education. Results of a path analysis revealed
perceived emergency knowledge as the most important factor in reducing stress caused by the fire.
Possible differences between perceived and actual emergency knowledge and their implications for
training are discussed.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: emergency, fire, emergency prevention, emergency knowledge, distress
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics
Pre-2014 Departments: School of Computing & Mathematical Sciences
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