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Coping with the threat of terrorism : a study about different factors that play a role in the assessment and inducement of efficacy

katab, M. (2016) Coping with the threat of terrorism : a study about different factors that play a role in the assessment and inducement of efficacy.

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Abstract:This study examined three different factors that could play a role in the assessment of efficacy regarding terrorism threat. The three factors were risk perception, proximity and religion. It was expected that people who have higher risk perception about terrorist attacks and were more religious had higher efficacy. Further, it was believed that proximity played a role in people’s risk perception and efficacy regarding terrorism, meaning that there could be a significant difference between people who live close to a to a place where a possible terrorist attack could happen than people living further away. To examine this, the researcher conducted a questionnaire survey (N= 247). As predicted, people who had higher risk- perceptions and were more religious showed higher efficacy. Furthermore, the results revealed a significant difference in risk perception concerning proximity. However, this effect was not found regarding efficacy. This research supports earlier research on coping mechanisms and on the impact of fear appeal within risk communication and corresponding inducement of efficacy as a result.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:05 communication studies, 11 theology and religious studies, 77 psychology
Programme:Psychology MSc (66604)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/71164
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