reference : Social vulnerability to environmental hazards

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Abstract Objective. County-level socioeconomic and demographic data were used to construct an index of social vulnerability to environmental hazards, called the Social Vulnerability Index (SoVI) for the United States based on 1990 data. Methods. Using a factor analytic approach, 42 variables were reduced to 11 independent factors that accounted for about 76 percent of the variance. These factors were placed in an additive model to compute a summary score-the Social Vulnerability Index. Results. There are some distinct spatial patterns in the SoVI, with the most vulnerable counties clustered in metropolitan counties in the east, south Texas, and the Mississippi Delta region. Conclusion. Those factors that contribute to the overall score often are different for each county, underscoring the interactive nature of social vulnerability-some components increase vulnerability; others moderate the effects.
Accession Number ISI:000183276700002
Alternate Journal Soc Sci Quart
Author Cutter, S. L. Boruff, B. J. Shirley, W. L.
Author Address Cutter, SL; Univ S Carolina, Dept Geog, Columbia, SC 29208 USA; Univ S Carolina, Dept Geog, Columbia, SC 29208 USA; Univ S Carolina, Dept Geog, Columbia, SC 29208 USA
DOI 10.1111/1540-6237.8402002
Date Jun
ISSN 0038-4941
Issue 2
Journal Social Science Quarterly
Keywords disasters
Language English
Notes 685RH; Times Cited:186; Cited References Count:63
Pages 242-261
Title Social vulnerability to environmental hazards
Volume 84
Year 2003
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