Improving health and well-being through climate change adaptation

Hausia Havea, P, Hemstock, S.L. and Jacot Des Combes, H. (2018) Improving health and well-being through climate change adaptation. In: Advances in Health and Disease. Nova Biomedical, 4 . Nova Science Publishers Inc., New York, pp. 215-230. ISBN 987-1-53613-346-2

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Understanding the perceptions of climate change impacts on people’s health and well-being in coastal communities is essential to develop adaptation strategies that will improve the health and well-being of community members in coastal areas. Here, an integrated mixed method approach: concurrent convergence parallel triangulation design – was used in 5 coastal communities in Tongatapu, Tonga. Community members were interviewed. Some of them had their health and well-being affected by climate change and some were not affected. Their responses were analyzed using a non-parametric test – chi-square analysis. Themes regarding the impact of climate change on health and well-being were then used to generate a further hypothesis. The results show that those whose health and well-being was affected differed significantly from those who were unaffected. They also indicated that all aspects of well-being: physical, mental and spiritual were affected by climate change and that people were eager to see the implementation of climate change adaptation strategies to improve their health and restore their mental well-being. It is thus essential to include these issues in adaptation strategies to ensure that local people are supporting and taking ownership of their resilience building.

Item Type: Book Section
Additional Information: © Nova Publications, 2018
Divisions: School of Humanities
Depositing User: Dr Sarah Hemstock
Date Deposited: 26 Mar 2018 09:08
Last Modified: 23 Jul 2019 14:20

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