Testing Links Among Uncertainty, Affect, and Attitude Toward a Health Behavior

Timothy K F FUNG*, Robert J. Griffin, Sharon Dunwoody

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Abstract

This study examines the conceptual linkages between individuals’ uncertainty judgments and affective reactions (worry and anger) within the context of an environmental health risk. It uses data from a longitudinal study of people’s reactions to the risks of eating contaminated fish from the Great Lakes that employed the risk information seeking and processing model and incorporates a set of variables from the full model, which includes preventive behavior. Findings support the model and indicate that worry and anger strongly influenced uncertainty judgments but worry and anger influenced attitudes toward fish avoidance and information insufficiency differently.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)33-62
Number of pages30
JournalScience Communication
Volume40
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2018

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Sociology and Political Science

User-Defined Keywords

  • anger
  • environmental health risk
  • risk information seeking and processing model
  • uncertainty
  • worry

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