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Risk perception in Korea: an application of psychometric paradigm

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Korean students rated the risk of 70 hazards and a subset on seven risk characteristics. The results show that two higher order factors - "dread risk" and "unknown risk" - structure the Korean risk perceptions of the 70 hazards. On the dread risk dimension, all six nuclear risks (nuclear power, nuclear war/weapon, nuclear weapon tests, transportation of radioactive materials, nuclear waste disposal, nuclear reactor accidents) are the most dreaded risks. Possible explanations for other specific risks are also discussed.

Keywords: risk perception, culture, Korea

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