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Title: Cultural worldviews and environmental risk perceptions: A meta-analysis
Contributor(s): Xue, Wen (author); Hine, Donald W  (author)orcid ; Loi, Natasha  (author)orcid ; Thorsteinsson, Einar B  (author)orcid ; Phillips, Wendy J  (author)orcid 
Publication Date: 2014
DOI: 10.1016/j.jenvp.2014.07.002
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Abstract: This study examined the magnitude of the associations between four worldview dimensions based on Douglas and Wildavsky's (1982) cultural theory of risk (egalitarianism, individualism, hierarchism and fatalism) and environmental risk perceptions. A meta-analysis of 67 effect sizes from a pooled sample of 15,660 respondents revealed that individuals who scored higher on egalitarianism perceived more environmental risks ('r' =.25), whereas individuals who scored higher on hierarchism and individualism perceived fewer environmental risks ('r' = -.18 and -.17, respectively). Fatalism and environmental risk perceptions were not significantly related ('r' = .03). Moderator analyses using an expanded set of 129 effect sizes found that effect sizes varied significantly as a function of hazard type, worldview measure, and study location. Our results are broadly consistent with cultural theory's claim that cultural worldviews are potentially important determinants of environmental risk perceptions, although the magnitudes of these effects appear to be quite modest.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Journal of Environmental Psychology, v.40, p. 249-258
Publisher: Academic Press
Place of Publication: United Kingdom
ISSN: 1522-9610
Fields of Research (FoR) 2008: 170113 Social and Community Psychology
Fields of Research (FoR) 2020: 420403 Psychosocial aspects of childbirth and perinatal mental health
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2008: 959999 Cultural Understanding not elsewhere classified
969999 Environment not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2020: 139999 Other culture and society not elsewhere classified
180304 Freshwater assimilative capacity
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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