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Title: From dry land to water: psychosocial impact on the lakeside villages of the Alqueva dam
Other Titles: Desde tierra firme al agua: impacto psicosocial en los pueblos junto de la presa de Alqueva
Authors: Luís, S.
Neves, A.-C.
Palma-Oliveira, J.
Keywords: Anxiety
Forced relocation
Place identity
Psychosocial impact
Public engagement
Residential satisfaction
Issue Date: 2015
Publisher: Universidad de la Laguna
Abstract: This quasi-experimental study focus on the psychosocial impact of the Alqueva dam on state-anxiety, residential satisfaction and place identity of the inhabitants of four villages: Luz (forced to relocate), Estrela (whose village became a peninsula), Amieira (whose village became a peninsula with a marina) and Monsaraz (whose village started overlooking water). Psychosocial impact was analysed as a function of village and time. As expected, Luz evidenced the most negative psychosocial impact, as inhabitants showed higher anxiety, lower residential satisfaction towards village and house and lower place identity. Results also evidence how changes in the immediate surroundings and landscape have significant psychosocial impact. Cross-sectional measures taken with a six-year interval evidenced no changes in time. Perceived public engagement, in particular perceived public communication and consultation, was related to greater adaptation in Luz, its role being discussed as a coping strategy. Results stress the need to manage the psychosocial impact of large projects.
Peer reviewed: yes
DOI: 10.1080/21711976.2014.1002207
ISSN: 2171-1976
Appears in Collections:BRU-RI - Artigos em revistas científicas internacionais com arbitragem científica

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