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RF EMF Risk Perception Revisited : Is the Focus on Concern Sufficient for Risk Perception Studies?

Wiedemann, Peter M.; Freudenstein, Frederik; Böhmert, Christoph; Wiart, Joe; Croft, Rodney J.

An implicit assumption of risk perception studies is that concerns expressed in questionnaires reflect concerns in everyday life. The aim of the present study is to check this assumption, i.e., the extrapolability of risk perceptions expressed in a survey, to risk perceptions in everyday life. To that end, risk perceptions were measured by a multidimensional approach. In addition to the traditional focus on measuring the magnitude of risk perceptions, the thematic relevance (how often people think about a risk issue) and the discursive relevance (how often people think about or discuss a risk issue) of risk perceptions were also collected. Taking into account this extended view of risk perception, an online survey was conducted in six European countries with 2454 respondents, referring to radio frequency electromagnetic field (RF EMF) risk potentials from base stations, and access points, such as WiFi routers and cell phones. The findings reveal that the present study’s multidimensional approach to measuring risk perception provides a more differentiated understanding of RF EMF risk perception. High levels of concerns expressed in questionnaires do not automatically imply that these concerns are thematically relevant in everyday life. ... mehr

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DOI: 10.5445/IR/1000071152
DOI: 10.3390/ijerph14060620
Zitationen: 7
Web of Science
Zitationen: 5
Zugehörige Institution(en) am KIT Institut für Germanistik: Literatur, Sprache, Medien (GER)
Publikationstyp Zeitschriftenaufsatz
Jahr 2017
Sprache Englisch
Identifikator ISSN: 1660-4601, 1661-7827
KITopen-ID: 1000071152
Erschienen in International journal of environmental research and public health
Band 14
Heft 6
Seiten 620
Schlagworte RF EMF, exposure perception, risk perception, risk communication, base stations, mobile phones, questionnaire design, survey methodology, thematic relevance
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