De Groot, J.I.M., Steg, L. and Poortinga, W., 2012. Value orientations, perceived risks and benefits, and acceptability of nuclear energy. Risk Analysis. (In Press)
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In this paper we examine how personal values, perceptions of risks and benefits, and the acceptability of nuclear energy (NE). A theoretical model is tested in which beliefs about the risks and benefits of NE mediate the relationship between values and acceptability. The results show that egoistic values are positively related to the perceived benefits and acceptability of NE. In contrast, altruistic and biospheric values are positively related to the perceived risks of NE. Although it has been argued that NE may help to combat climate change through lower CO2 emissions, these environmental benefits are not acknowledged by people with strong biospheric values. Furthermore, results confirmed that the more risks respondents perceived, the less they were inclined to accept NE. In contrast, the more a person believed that NE has beneficial consequences, the more acceptable NE was. Finally, as expected, perceived risks and benefits were found to partly mediate the relationship between personal values and acceptability. We discuss the theoretical and practical implications of these findings.
|Subjects:||Technology > Engineering > General Engineering|
Geography and Environmental Studies
|Group:||School of Design, Engineering & Computing > Psychology Research Group|
|Deposited By:||Dr J. I. M. De Groot LEFT|
|Deposited On:||23 May 2012 14:03|
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