Ethics and Risk Communication

TitleEthics and Risk Communication
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2012
AuthorsThompson, PB
JournalScience Communication
Volume34
Issue5
Pagination618-641
Date Published2012
Publication Languageeng
ISBN Number15528545
Keywordsantismoking , BIOTECHNOLOGY , DECISION , ethics , HEALTH , motivation , normative , perception , PHILOSOPHY , policy , RISK , technology
AbstractOne source of ethical failure in risk communication lies in the inadequate theoretical understanding of ethically significant assumptions embedded in risk discourses. A second source of failure resides in the way that risk communication serves ethical purposes that come into conflict in particular cases. The ethical motivation for risk communication may be to improve effectiveness of decision making, to empower recipients of a message, or to ensure that exposure to risk is consistent with ethical criteria of informed consent. Philosophical theories of ethics provide a useful way to frame these important differences in emphasis. 
NotesThompson, Paul B. 1; Affiliation: 1: Michigan State University, East Lansing, USA; Source Info: Oct2012, Vol. 34 Issue 5, p618; Subject Term: RISK communication; Subject Term: MOTIVATION (Psychology); Subject Term: DECISION making; Subject Term: ANTISMOKING movement; Subject Term: PHILOSOPHY & ethics; Subject Term: ETHICS; Author-Supplied Keyword: antismoking messages; Author-Supplied Keyword: biotechnology; Author-Supplied Keyword: ethics in technology development; Author-Supplied Keyword: health communication; Author-Supplied Keyword: normative social influence; Author-Supplied Keyword: perception; Author-Supplied Keyword: philosophy; Author-Supplied Keyword: policy; Author-Supplied Keyword: risk communication; Author-Supplied Keyword: technology; Number of Pages: 24p; Document Type: Article; Full Text Word Count: 9885
DOI10.1177/1075547012459177

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