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Onbekend maakt onbemind : risicoperceptie en zelfeffectiviteit als voorwaarden voor zelfbeschermend gedrag van burgers bij risico op koolmonoxidevergiftiging.

Oosterwijk, J.H. (2017) Onbekend maakt onbemind : risicoperceptie en zelfeffectiviteit als voorwaarden voor zelfbeschermend gedrag van burgers bij risico op koolmonoxidevergiftiging.

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Abstract:Carbon monoxide poisoning (CO) is a dangerous risk to our state of health because it is a colorless, odorless, and tasteless gas. In the worst case it can lead to death. Providing good risk communication is important to make people aware of the risk (risk perception) and take action and perform in self-protective behavior. In this paper we want to carry out to what extent self-efficacy lead to self-protective behavior and the intention to seek risk information. 132 participants in a 1-factor design have been randomly assigned to either condition 1 (low-efficacy message, 63 participants) or condition 2 (high-efficacy message, 69 participants). After reading the efficacy message, participants filled in a questionnaire. The questionnaire contained questions about risk perception, intention to perform self-protective behavior, self-efficacy, locus of control, and behavioral intention (intention to seek information). The results showed a positive link between self-efficacy and self-protective behavior. Thus a higher level of self-efficacy means in a certain way a greater intention to perform in self-protective behavior. Further results showed a positive link between self-efficacy and locus of control. These two concepts showed a certain amount of overlap, but aren’t identical to each other. At last, risk perception was negatively related to behavioral intention. An explanation could be that the amount of information in the efficacy messages contained such a high level of information, so people had no need to seek information.
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/72677
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