Researchers at The University of North Carolina Pembroke, East Carolina University, and the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs will undertake a longitudinal study of hurricane-affected residents of four rural North Carolina counties thanks to a nearly $200,000 grant from the National Science Foundation.

The REACH study seeks to survey 300 hurricane-affected individuals residing in Bladen, Columbus, Robeson, and Scotland counties regarding their adjustment, coping, and social support over the course of six months. Study participants will complete online surveys as well as brief daily questions about how they are managing hurricane-related stress using an app on their phone.

The study will be conducted by Drs. Ashley Batts Allen at UNC Pembroke, Heather Littleton at East Carolina University, and Charles Benight at the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs.

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Originally puiblished Mar.6, 2019.