oa Jamba : Journal of Disaster Risk Studies - Values in risk perception - studying the relationship between values and risk perception in three countries

Volume 3, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1996-1421
  • E-ISSN: 2072-845X



Risk perception research has largely focused on finding how different 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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