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Values in risk perception - Studying the relationship between values and risk perception in three countries

Henrik Nordenstedt, Jelena Ivanisevic
Jàmbá: Journal of Disaster Risk Studies | Vol 3, No 1 | a34 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/jamba.v3i1.34 | © 2010 Henrik Nordenstedt, Jelena Ivanisevic | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 25 April 2010 | Published: 25 April 2010

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Henrik Nordenstedt, Lund University, Sweden, Sweden
Jelena Ivanisevic, Lund University, Sweden

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Risk perception research has largely focused on finding how di$erent demographic variables predict risk perception dimensions. This article suggests including motivational values among the areas of focus, being a dimension shared across different demographical contexts. The methodology includes established and scrutinised tools from the values and risk perception fields respectively, combining them in a questionnaire. Data were gathered from South Africa, Sweden and the USA. The results support the hypothesis that there is a connection between motivational values and risk perception dimensions. Uses for disaster management are discussed. More advanced statistical methods and qualitative methods are suggested to delve deeper into this area.


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