We would like to thank Jericho Hockett, Stuart Miller, Megan Strain, and an anonymous reviewer for their comments on earlier versions of this manuscript.
Helping Natural Disaster Victims Depends on Characteristics and Perceptions of Victims. A Response to “Who Helps Natural Disaster Victims?”
Article first published online: 6 JUN 2012
© 2012 The Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues
Analyses of Social Issues and Public Policy
Volume 12, Issue 1, pages 272–275, December 2012
How to Cite
McManus, J. L. and Saucier, D. A. (2012), Helping Natural Disaster Victims Depends on Characteristics and Perceptions of Victims. A Response to “Who Helps Natural Disaster Victims?”. Analyses of Social Issues and Public Policy, 12: 272–275. doi: 10.1111/j.1530-2415.2012.01287.x
- Issue published online: 18 DEC 2012
- Article first published online: 6 JUN 2012
Natural disasters have devastating consequences, creating the need for local and international help. This commentary is a response to “Who Helps Natural Disaster Victims” (Marjanovic, Struthers, and Greenglass, 2011) and provides further evidence to better understand how intergroup attitudes may affect decisions to help victims of natural disasters. We argue that potential helpers’ attitudes toward the victims may impact their perceptions of the helping situation and the decision to provide help. Hurricane Katrina and the earthquake in Haiti are used as examples of natural disasters where intergroup attitudes may have influenced the helping response. Examining intergroup perceptions in helping situations is imperative to alleviating the immediate and long term needs of those affected by natural disasters.