Fatalism as a risk factor


Fatalism at first appears to be a belief system that has only the worst consequences for those who hold it. A fatalistic person tends to view the disaster process as inevitable, unavoidable and/or deserved and there is usually a link to spirituality. They may believe that people are powerless against nature, that natural processes should be respected and accepted. As a result, they are less likely to adopt survival behaviours in response to a disaster.

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