Document Type

Journal Article

Department/Unit

Department of Communication Studies

Language

English

Abstract

This study examines the conceptual linkages between individuals’ uncertainty judgments and affective reactions (worry and anger) within the context of an environmental health risk. It uses data from a longitudinal study of people’s reactions to the risks of eating contaminated fish from the Great Lakes that employed the risk information seeking and processing model and incorporates a set of variables from the full model, which includes preventive behavior. Findings support the model and indicate that worry and anger strongly influenced uncertainty judgments but worry and anger influenced attitudes toward fish avoidance and information insufficiency differently.

Keywords

risk information seeking and processing model, uncertainty, worry, anger, environmental health risk

Publication Date

1-2018

Source Publication Title

Science Communication

Volume

40

Issue

1

Publisher

SAGE Publications

DOI

10.1177/1075547017748947

Link to Publisher's Edition

https://doi.org/10.1177/1075547017748947

ISSN (print)

10755470

ISSN (electronic)

15528545

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