Morality and nuclear energy: perceptions of risks and benefits, personal norms, and willingness to take action related to nuclear energy.

De Groot, J. I.M. and Steg, L., 2010. Morality and nuclear energy: perceptions of risks and benefits, personal norms, and willingness to take action related to nuclear energy. Risk Analysis, 30 (9), pp. 1363-1373.

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DOI: 10.1111/j.1539-6924.2010.01419.x

Abstract

We examined factors underlying people’s willingness to take action in favour of or against nuclear energy from a moral perspective. We conducted a questionnaire study among a sample of the Dutch population (N=123). As expected, perceptions of risks and benefits were related to personal norms (PN), that is, feelings of moral obligation towards taking action in favour of or against nuclear energy. In turn, PN predicted willingness to take action. Furthermore, PN mediated the relationships between perceptions of risk and benefits and willingness to take action. In line with our hypothesis, beliefs about the risks and benefits of nuclear energy were less powerful in explaining PN for supporters compared to PN of opponents. Also, beliefs on risks and benefits and PN explained significantly more variance in willingness to take action of opponents than of supporters. Our results suggest that a moral framework is useful to explain willingness to take action in favour of and against nuclear energy, and that people are more likely to protest in favour of or against nuclear energy when PN are strong.

Item Type:Article
ISSN:0272-4332
Uncontrolled Keywords: * Benefits; * nuclear energy; * personal norms; * risks; * willingness to take action
Subjects:Geography and Environmental Studies
Psychology
Technology > Engineering > General Engineering
Group:Faculty of Science and Technology
ID Code:16911
Deposited By:Dr J. I. M. De Groot LEFT
Deposited On:01 Dec 2010 16:31
Last Modified:10 Sep 2014 15:50

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