The resilience of family and household structure to displacement-inducing natural disaster is investigated. Households from a survey that traces the outcomes of a population-representative sample of households in New Orleans before Hurricane Katrina are compared statistically to households from a national sample. Household breakup following Katrina was extremely high among extended-family households, exacerbated by the high prevalence of extended-family households in New Orleans before the hurricane. While the highest rates of household breakup occurred among households whose residences were made uninhabitable by the Hurricane and its aftermath, city-wide impacts on household breakup were found.
Rendall, Michael S., Breakup of New Orleans Households after Hurricane Katrina. Santa Monica, CA: RAND Corporation, 2009. https://www.rand.org/pubs/working_papers/WR703.html.
Rendall, Michael S., Breakup of New Orleans Households after Hurricane Katrina, RAND Corporation, WR-703, 2009. As of December 8, 2023: https://www.rand.org/pubs/working_papers/WR703.html