Disaster Resilience and Human Behavior: Hospital Buildings in Malaysia


  • Nor Malyana Samsuddin Centre of Postgraduate Studies, Faculty of Architecture, Planning & Surveying, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Shah Alam, Malaysia
  • Roshana Takim Centre of Construction Management Studies,Faculty of Architecture, Planning & Surveying, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Shah Alam, Malaysia
  • Abdul Hadi Nawawi Centre of Estate Management Studies, Faculty of Architecture, Planning & Surveying, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Shah Alam, Malaysia




Disaster Resilience, Hard and Soft Resilience, Hospital, Human Behaviour


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.


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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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