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Vertrouwen, algemene zelfeffectiviteit en de acceptatie van de legalisatie van cannabis

Langkau, T.G. (2014) Vertrouwen, algemene zelfeffectiviteit en de acceptatie van de legalisatie van cannabis.

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Abstract:Despite the risks which are related to cannabis consumption, liberal developments regarding cannabis can be found in different countries all over the world. The aim of this study is to identify factors which influence the acceptation of a legalization of cannabis, especially general self-efficacy and institutional trust. The expectation was that both factors would show a positive relation with the acceptation of legalization. For this study, 101 respondents filled in an online questionnaire. Besides general self-efficacy and institutional trust, the actual attitude concerning the legalization of cannabis, information sufficiency, affective response and specific self-efficacy concerning the legalization of cannabis were measured. A multiple regression analysis based on the obtained data (n = 89) shows that general self-efficacy as well as institutional trust do not predict the acceptation of legalization. Only for information sufficiency and affective response a significant effect was found. This means that a sense of control and trust in institution`s ability to deal with risks is less important for the topic of legalization. The acceptation turns out to be especially influenced by the amount of information which is available to a person and the negative emotions which are elicited. Insight in this relation promotes an objective discussion about legalization and clarifies the factors the actual discussion and future research should focus.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology BSc (56604)
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