tions makes it imperative that studies be undertaken ; the handicaps to sound investigation make it equaily imperative that analysis be cautious and definite conclusions be restricted to principles supported by a massive accumulation of evidence. N a t u r e of the NORC Disaster Studies T h e studies of disaster reactions conducted by the National Opinion every atResearch Center2 were undertaken as exploratory studies-while tempt was made to utilize sound scientific procedures, it was recognized that efforts must, in the main, be restricted to accumulating data that would form a basis for further, more definitive, studies or that could be added to other data already available in an attempt to amass an overwhelming accumulation of e-c'dence. T h e N O R C disaster studies involved the interviewing of nearly 1,000 persons who had recently been involved in over 70 different major or minor disasters-ranging from large-scale tornadoes, explosions, and earthquakes to airplane crashes, industrial fires and accidents, building collapses, train wrecks, and so on. However, the majority of our intcrviews were obtained in 8 field trips to the following community disasters: 1. An airplane crash into a crowd of airshow spectators in the small
Journal of Social Issues – Wiley
Published: Jul 1, 1954
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