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Mental models of the general Dutch public cencerning MRSA

Bosma, Anneke (2007) Mental models of the general Dutch public cencerning MRSA.

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Abstract:The aim of this study is to determine the existing beliefs of the general Dutch public, concerning MRSA, and to investigate what risk information suits these beliefs best. This research is conducted by using the Mental Models Approach of Granger Morgan, Fischhoff, Bostrom & Atman (2001). Relevant scientific knowledge concerning MRSA was collected and constructed into an expert model. The expert beliefs were completed with non-expert beliefs by conducting open-ended interviews (N=17). The results from the interviews were, together with the expert model, captured in a confirmatory questionnaire which was administered to a large sample (N=239), representing the general Dutch public. The results of the questionnaires were added to the expert model, to produce the lay mental model.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Euregio MRSA-net Twente/Münsterland
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:05 communication studies
Programme:Communication Studies MSc (60713)
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