About the Floods project
The repeated destructive floods in Czech republic within the last decade meant critical event of unimaginable scope for all struck as well as difficult situation for all the rescuing and helping forces. The flood events thus created an interested in questions related to the organisation of offering help.
The research of the effects of floods and the perception of help by the victims was created in autumn 2003 based upon the initiative Czech catholic charity (CKCH). The primary goal was to obtain findings, which would imply concrete measures in the area of giving long term psychosocial help to the victims of floods. Such a task required presence of not only professionals from the region of basic research. Thus, on the project co-operated researchers from the Institute of Psychology AV CR, workers of Diocese charity Blansko, external co-workers, and clinical psychologist with extensive experience with help to victims in crisis situations PhDr. Bohumila Baštecká.
The widely executed research brought complex information about the floods events, reactions of people to them and questions regarding giving help.
The core of the research was quantitative research done in 492 households who were struck by floods in different regions of Czech republic in 2002. The structured interview enlarged by several scales were used to gain data about the household, the process of floods, and obtaining help as well as opinions of the respondents about the effectivity of the help, the scope of the effects of the events on their mentality and data about the perception of floods in the four phases – before the coming of floods, during the floods, immediately after the return home or after the fall of the water (beginning of the phase of renewal) and a year after the floods. The research in the field was executed by trained workers of CKCH.
Further information about the situation after the floods and the needs of people harmed by the floods, opinions about the appropriateness and effectiveness of help as well as data about the tasks, motivation and problems of the helping people were obtained by the method of focus groups, in which the helping people, the workers of the Charity working in different positions, took part in.
The goal of the third part of the research was to explore relationship of printed media regarding floods and the help during floods.
Except the primary results, the final reports given to the provider, only partial reports were so far published, especially those pertaining to the effects of floods on the mentality of the harmed, their needs and question of organisation of psychosocial help. A publication of more complete interdisciplinary work is in progress.