Support needs of the survivors of the August 17, 1999 earthquake in Turkey

Kasapoglu A., Ecevit Y., Ecevit M.

SOCIAL INDICATORS RESEARCH, vol.66, no.3, pp.229-248, 2004 (SSCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 66 Issue: 3
  • Publication Date: 2004
  • Doi Number: 10.1023/b:soci.0000003584.27504.f0
  • Journal Indexes: Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.229-248
  • Keywords: civil society, disasters, earthquake, support needs, Turkey, SOCIAL SUPPORT, NETWORKS, RECEIPT
  • Middle East Technical University Affiliated: No


This paper aims to present a sociological analysis of social support related to disaster sociology in general and earthquakes specifically. The analysis is based on field research conducted a year after the 17 August 1999 East Marmara earthquake where 18000 people died; 50000 people injured; 5000 buildings collapsed and 340000 of them damaged; 14513 businesses closed; 150000 people became unemployed; and 129338 forced to live in prefabricated houses. The research primarily aims to understand the support needs by focusing mainly on the following issues about the earthquake survivors: (i) which and what support types and areas are mostly desired by them; (ii) which independent variables are the most effective on their demands; and (iii) from which persons or institutions have they received support and wanted to be supported by. Marginal development of the civil society; high degree of expectations of almost everything from the state; psychological factors being less influential compared with West and education being the primary influential factor are some of the significant results of this research.