Risk perception of Chinese elderly: An urban study on adaptation to climate change

Kınay, Pelin, Morse, Andrew P, Morrissey, Karyn, Yücel, Mehmet Refik and Staddon, Philip L. ORCID: 0000-0002-7968-3179 (2021) Risk perception of Chinese elderly: An urban study on adaptation to climate change. Sustainable Environment, 7 (1). Art 1988384. doi:10.1080/27658511.2021.1988384

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Older people are more vulnerable to climate change and with its increasing elderly population, inadequate research on the health impacts of climate change has focused on this particular population in China. This study evaluates climate change and health-related knowledge, attitudes and practices (KAP) of elderly residents in three cities Suzhou, Hefei and Xiamen. This cross-sectional study included 3466 participants. Data analysis was undertaken using descriptive methods (Chi-square test). Results showed that the elderly were most concerned about heatwaves, flooding and drought and the main perceived health risks included heatstroke and respiratory diseases. Finally, over half of the participants from Suzhou city reported that they did not receive enough government assistance in extreme events (56%). Findings from this work provide important insights for new adaptation strategies targeting the elderly population. It is recommended that the government should focus on creating awareness of the necessary adaptations the elderly will need to take to alleviate the impact of climate change on their physical health.

Item Type: Article
Article Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Climate change; Elderly; China; Attitudes; Practices; Adaptation; KAP
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > Countryside and Community Research Institute
Research Priority Areas: Place, Environment and Community
Depositing User: Rhiannon Goodland
Date Deposited: 11 Nov 2021 13:08
Last Modified: 09 Oct 2023 11:01
URI: https://eprints.glos.ac.uk/id/eprint/10357

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