Risk Perception: Theories and Approaches


Theodore Spencer

Series: Psychology Research Progress
BISAC: PSY031000

The study of risk perception started when experts in these matters figured out that common people often disagreed about how they envisage risk, even in how people observed that risk. There are many theories about risk perception. Some are exclusively related to risk perception while others are adaptations from perception theories. Many of these theories date back to last century, others are more recent. Chapter One of this book discusses the reasons there are many different theories of risk perception. Chapter Two studies community vulnerability in risk analysis task using multi-source data statistics.

Chapter Three offers a thorough analysis of risk perception and psychosocial vulnerability in a health context, from a theoretical perspective, and based on current scientific evidence, in order to open research lines for both of these constructs, both separately and collectively. Chapter Four establishes a relationship between the consumption of drugs like cannabis, cocaine and designer drugs in young university and non-university populations with the young people’s perception of risks associated with such consumption. Chapter Five provides an analysis of consumers’ choice of pay television and car insurance services based on the perceived risk model.
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Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Chapter 1
Risk Perception: Why Different Theories?
(Nuno Trindade Magessi, Luis Antunes, GUESS/BioISI – Biosystems and Integrative Sciences Institute, Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal)

Chapter 2
Risk Perception Based Approach to Analysis of Social Vulnerability
(Yuriy V. Kostyuchenko, Scientific Centre for Aerospace Research of the Earth, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, Kiev, Ukraine)

Chapter 3
Risk Perception and Psychosocial Vulnerability in Health Behaviors
(José A. García del Castillo, Álvaro García del Castillo-López, Carmen López-Sánchez, Paulo C. Dias, Universidad Miguel Hernández, Spain, and others)

Chapter 4
Comparative Study into Risk Perception and the Consumption of Illegal Drugs in Young People
(Rosario Ruiz-Olivares, Valentina Lucena, M. José Pino, Antonio F. Raya and Javier Herruzo, University of Cordoba, Spain)

Chapter 5
Analysis of Consumers’ Choice of Pay Television and Car Insurance Services based on the Perceived Risk Model
(Denise Luciana Rieg, Fernando Cezar Leandro Scramim, Danilo Elias Uzelin Da Silva, Patrícia Carvalho D’arruda, Bruna Carolina Bispo, and Cleverton Gomes Bezerra De Lima, Department of Production Engineering, Fundação Santo André University, Santo André, Brazil)


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