Crime and Looting After Natural Disasters the Exception Not the Rule

Published on Thu, 19/04/12 | Books, News

This opinion editorial article from Dr Diane Bretherton and Anouk Ride has appeared in several US newspapers recently, pointing out evidence indicates most people, when facing a natural disaster, are cooperative, altruistic and resilient.
If you watch the news, particularly news about foreign countries, you could easily believe that natural disasters are followed by looting, crime and individualistic behavior to survive. However, research from six different countries indicates when facing a natural disaster most people are cooperative, altruistic and resilient.

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