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Exposure knowledge and perception of wireless communication technologies

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Abstract


  • The presented survey investigates risk and exposure perceptions of radio frequency electromagnetic fields (RF EMF) associated with base stations, mobile phones and other sources, the key issue being the interaction between both sets of perceptions. The study is based on a cross-sectional design, and conducted with an online sample of 838 citizens from Portugal. The results indicate that respondents’ intuitive exposure perception differs from the actual exposure levels. Furthermore, exposure and risk perceptions are found to be highly correlated. Respondents’ beliefs about exposure factors, which might influence possible health risks, is appropriate. A regression analysis between exposure characteristics, as predictor variables, and RF EMF risk perception, as the response variable, indicates that people seem to use simple heuristics to form their perceptions. What is bigger, more frequent and longer lasting is seen as riskier. Moreover, the quality of exposure knowledge is not an indicator for amplified EMF risk perception. These findings show that exposure perception is key to future risk communication.

Authors


  •   Freudenstein, Frederik (external author)
  •   Correia, Luis M. (external author)
  •   Oliveira, Carla (external author)
  •   Sebastiao, Daniel (external author)
  •   Wiedemann, Peter M.

Publication Date


  • 2015

Citation


  • Freudenstein, F., Correia, L. M., Oliveira, C., Sebastiao, D. & Wiedemann, P. M. (2015). Exposure knowledge and perception of wireless communication technologies. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 12 (11), 14177-14191.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84946945330

Ro Full-text Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=2966&context=sspapers

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/sspapers/1967

Has Global Citation Frequency


Number Of Pages


  • 14

Start Page


  • 14177

End Page


  • 14191

Volume


  • 12

Issue


  • 11

Place Of Publication


  • Switzerland

Abstract


  • The presented survey investigates risk and exposure perceptions of radio frequency electromagnetic fields (RF EMF) associated with base stations, mobile phones and other sources, the key issue being the interaction between both sets of perceptions. The study is based on a cross-sectional design, and conducted with an online sample of 838 citizens from Portugal. The results indicate that respondents’ intuitive exposure perception differs from the actual exposure levels. Furthermore, exposure and risk perceptions are found to be highly correlated. Respondents’ beliefs about exposure factors, which might influence possible health risks, is appropriate. A regression analysis between exposure characteristics, as predictor variables, and RF EMF risk perception, as the response variable, indicates that people seem to use simple heuristics to form their perceptions. What is bigger, more frequent and longer lasting is seen as riskier. Moreover, the quality of exposure knowledge is not an indicator for amplified EMF risk perception. These findings show that exposure perception is key to future risk communication.

Authors


  •   Freudenstein, Frederik (external author)
  •   Correia, Luis M. (external author)
  •   Oliveira, Carla (external author)
  •   Sebastiao, Daniel (external author)
  •   Wiedemann, Peter M.

Publication Date


  • 2015

Citation


  • Freudenstein, F., Correia, L. M., Oliveira, C., Sebastiao, D. & Wiedemann, P. M. (2015). Exposure knowledge and perception of wireless communication technologies. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 12 (11), 14177-14191.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84946945330

Ro Full-text Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=2966&context=sspapers

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/sspapers/1967

Has Global Citation Frequency


Number Of Pages


  • 14

Start Page


  • 14177

End Page


  • 14191

Volume


  • 12

Issue


  • 11

Place Of Publication


  • Switzerland