Volume 4, Issue 1, March 2014, Pages 20 - 33
On Risk and Disability – Investigating the Influence of Disability and Social Capital on the Perception and Digital Communication of risk
Jörgen Sparf, Susanna Öhman
Received 5 January 2014, Accepted 10 February 2014, Available Online 3 March 2014.
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- Disability; risk perception; risk communication; social capital
- Does living as a disabled person affect how risks are perceived? Studies of various population groups show that not only macro level structures but also micro social contexts and individual conditions influence risk perception. This knowledge is important for formulating, designing, and communicating risk information. The aim of this study is to examine how disabled people’s risk perception and preference for digital risk communication channels are influenced by disability in itself and by social capital. A quantitative survey (N=6 500) was carried out in Sweden showing that while disability is not influential, social capital is. This differs from the results of previous studies on other population groups, which show that group specific factors do influence risk perception. This study suggests that due to the importance of social capital, institutions communicating risk information should build strong relationships with (local) disability associations and networks in order to communicate more effectively.
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TY - JOUR AU - Jörgen Sparf AU - Susanna Öhman PY - 2014 DA - 2014/03 TI - On Risk and Disability – Investigating the Influence of Disability and Social Capital on the Perception and Digital Communication of risk JO - Journal of Risk Analysis and Crisis Response SP - 20 EP - 33 VL - 4 IS - 1 SN - 2210-8505 UR - https://doi.org/10.2991/jrarc.2014.4.1.3 DO - https://doi.org/10.2991/jrarc.2014.4.1.3 ID - Sparf2014 ER -