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The influence of institutional trust and perceived control on the perceived risk of terrorism

Reusch, Hannah (2010) The influence of institutional trust and perceived control on the perceived risk of terrorism.

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Abstract:Since 9/11/2001 terrorism has become a prevailing issue in people’s risk perceptions as well as it has become a frequently addressed and discussed topic in the news media. Although researchers disagree about the effects media have on risk perception it could be demonstrated that media can affect our risk judgments by influencing our emotions. Our first emotional reaction to media can affect risk judgments made later on and therefore can take the role of an indicator for risk perception. Goal of the present study was to assess the influence of institutional trust and perceived control have on the negative affective reaction towards terrorism. In a 2x2 between subject design in which participants were confronted with different versions of a newspaper article their negative affective reactions to the risk of terrorism were measured. Statistical analyses revealed that neither participants’ degree of trust nor their self-efficacy could be successfully manipulated. Still an interaction effect between the concepts trust and control could be found for the immediate emotional reaction after reading the article.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology BSc (56604)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/60109
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