Understanding Climate Change Risk Perceptions in China: Media Use, Personal Experience, and Cultural Worldviews

TitleUnderstanding Climate Change Risk Perceptions in China: Media Use, Personal Experience, and Cultural Worldviews
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2017
AuthorsWang, X
JournalScience Communication
Volume39
Issue3
Pagination291-312
Date Published2017
Publication Languageeng
ISBN Number15528545
Keywords2000- , Climate , cultural , Mass , media , personal , RISK , SOCIAL , worldview
AbstractBased on a survey of 516 Chinese consumers, the present analysis revealed that climate- and environment-related media use (e.g., news and other information) positively predicted policy support in China, whereas personal experience positively predicted perceptions of risks to humans and the nonhuman environment. Perceived risks to humans and the nonhuman environment were used as two different variables. After controlling for various demographic variables, cultural worldviews, and media use, risks to the nonhuman environment, but not risks to humans, predicted the Chinese’s policy support. Results indicate that the media and personal experience have differential effects on risk perceptions and policy support. 
NotesWang, Xiao 1; Email Address: hsiaowang@gmail.com; Affiliation: 1: Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY, USA; Source Info: Jun2017, Vol. 39 Issue 3, p291; Subject Term: CLIMATE change; Subject Term: RISK perception; Subject Term: WORLDVIEW; Subject Term: MASS media use; Subject Term: CLIMATE change skepticism; Subject Term: SOCIAL conditions in China, 2000-; Author-Supplied Keyword: climate change; Author-Supplied Keyword: cultural worldviews; Author-Supplied Keyword: media use; Author-Supplied Keyword: personal experience; Author-Supplied Keyword: risk perceptions; Number of Pages: 22p; Document Type: Article; Full Text Word Count: 8272
DOI10.1177/1075547017707320

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