Disaster Resilience and Human Behavior: Hospital Buildings in Malaysia


  • Nor Malyana Samsuddin
  • Roshana Takim
  • Abdul Hadi Nawawi




 Hospitals are themselves vulnerable to numerous types of disasters and can get damaged risking the lives of human being. To a certain extent, despite of hard resilience (structural and non-structural), human behavior is one of the contributing factors affecting the hospital’s capability in achieving disaster resilience. Hence, the objectives of the paper are twofold: to explore human weaknesses; and to investigate strategies for achieving disaster resilience for existing public hospitals. Qualitative research techniques were employed in the form of focus group approach. The findings revealed that six human weaknesses and five strategies have been asserted by the respondents as of utmost critical.

© 2016. The Authors. Published for AMER ABRA by e-International Publishing House, Ltd., UK. Peer–review under responsibility of AMER (Association of Malaysian Environment-Behaviour Researchers), ABRA (Association of Behavioural Researchers on Asians) and cE-Bs (Centre for Environment-Behaviour Studies, Faculty of Architecture, Planning & Surveying, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Malaysia.

Keywords: Disaster Resilience; hard and soft resilience; hospital; human behaviour


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How to Cite

Samsuddin, N. M., Takim, R., & Nawawi, A. H. (2016). Disaster Resilience and Human Behavior: Hospital Buildings in Malaysia. Environment-Behaviour Proceedings Journal, 1(1), 125-133. https://doi.org/10.21834/e-bpj.v1i1.205

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