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Who handles the Christchurch quakes best?

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 5/05/2016

Christchurch's residents have gained a reputation for resilience since the 2011 earthquake - but some are more resilient than others, researchers says.

In a new study published in the New Zealand Medical Journal, researchers from the University of Otago have tried to pinpoint just exactly what makes some people better at coping since the quakes.

The study looked at about 200 medical students who lived in the city during the quakes, breaking them down by factors such as age, gender, personality type and which of the major earthquakes they went through.

They found being female, calm and extroverted were strong indicators someone would handle stress better and that those less exposed to the most severe earthquake also coped more effectively.

Those that were found to be more resilient also reported feeling more well-supported, and having fewer mental problems, the researchers said.

But they said while the data allowed some prediction, because the traits of resilient students weren't something institutions would check for, it would be unlikely schools could select for "resilient" students.

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