Title: Assessment of public risk perception in North-western China

Authors: Jing-Yi Li, Jian-Ming Zhang, Ji-Jun Li, Qi Zhou, Xi-Bao Xu

Addresses: Key Laboratory of Western China's Environmental Systems, Environment and Resource College of Lanzhou University, Ministry of Education, Lanzhou, Gansu, 730000, China. ' Key Laboratory of Western China's Environmental Systems, Environment and Resource College of Lanzhou University, Ministry of Education, Lanzhou, Gansu, 730000, China. ' Key Laboratory of Western China's Environmental Systems, Environment and Resource College of Lanzhou University, Ministry of Education, Lanzhou, Gansu, 730000, China. ' Key Laboratory of Disaster Survey and Mechanism Simulation of Shaanxi Province, Baoji, Shaanxi, 721007, China. ' Geography Department of Nantong University, Nantong, 226007, Jiangsu, PR China

Abstract: Based on analysing the public risk perception in North-western China, following conclusions are obtained: there is strong correlation between individual characteristic and risk perception; female risk perception is stronger than male; from strong to weak, the order of age characteristics is 20–30, 0–20, 40–50, 30–40, 50–60 and over 60; the order of educational characteristics is senior high school, college, illiterate, junior high school, primary school; the order of occupation characteristics is student, farmer, teacher, worker and functionary; the order of habitation characteristics is city, countryside, towns, and metropolis.

Keywords: risk perception; risk reduction strategy; North-western China; public risk; gender; education; age; occupation; individual characteristics; risk assessment.

DOI: 10.1504/IJRAM.2008.019012

International Journal of Risk Assessment and Management, 2008 Vol.8 No.4, pp.353 - 361

Published online: 27 Jun 2008 *

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