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MUNOZ-DUQUE, Luz Adriana  and  ARROYAVE, Orlando. Risk Perception and Place Attachment in Populations Exposed to Flooding: A Comparative Study. Pensam. psicol. [online]. 2017, vol.15, n.2, pp.79-92. ISSN 1657-8961.

Objective. This study compared the levels of place attachment and flood risk perception in populations with different experience and exposure to this risk. Method. It was based on empirical-analytical approach with a comparative design, transversal type. Using the PAM and PRI modified instruments, two groups of people from villages in Bolombolo (Antioquia, Colombia) were evaluated, whose experience and exposure to flood risk was high (n=119) and medium (n=89). Analyses were descriptive, comparative (U of Mann Whitney and Kruskal Wallis) and correlations (Spearman). Results. A high risk perception of flooding was found in both groups, although the level was higher in the group with greater exposure and experience to this risk, specifically in the dimension about fear of the effects associated with this natural phenomenon; also, place attachment was found in high levels in the groups studied. Conclusion. Results showed that the exposure and experience to flooding could be thought of as predictors of risk perception, mainly in its emotional dimension. People, despite their exposure and experience to this risk, have developed bonds with place. Residential antiquity and housing tenure are differential elements with respect to the levels in the study variables.

Keywords : Environmental psychology; place attachment; risk perception; flooding.

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