Table 3. Factor matrix of household resilience, Mekong River Delta, Vietnam, 2010 (nine standardized items)


Items Statements Factor loadings Communality
Factor 1 Factor 2 Factor 3
1 I can replace my house quickly when it is affected by floods. 0.71 0.58
4 I am confident that my household has enough rice to eat during the flood season. 0.90 0.83
5 I am confident that my household will not need to borrow rice or money from informal sources during the flood season. 0.88 0.80
6 I am confident that my household can find a safe place to evacuate to if there is an extreme flood event in the future. 0.41 0.22
8 I am confident that the health of my family members will not be negatively affected by floods. 0.59 0.39
2 I am confident that my house will not be submerged by the highest floods in the last 20 years. 0.92 0.90
3 I am confident that my house will not collapse or be swept away by the highest floods in the last 20 years. 0.92 0.89
9 I want to learn new farming practices to cope with floods, such as fishing, prawn farming. 0.86 0.75
10 I have used new farming practices to cope with floods, such as fishing, prawn farming. 0.84 0.71
Eigenvalues 3.34 1.58 1.19 6.12
% of variance 37.14 17.55 13.32 68.01
Statements were measured using a 5-point scale for the first nine items: 1-strongly disagree, 2-disagree, 3- neither agree nor disagree, 4- agree, 5- strongly agree. Statements were measured on a binary scale (0-No, 1-Yes). All items were standardized into z-scores (0,1). Selected factors have Eigenvalues greater than 1. Selected variables have factor loadings greater than 0.3 Total variance is 68.