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Title: Terror threat perception and its consequences in contemporary Britain
Authors: Goodwin, R
Wilson, M
Gaines, SO
Issue Date: 2005
Publisher: British Psychological Society
Citation: British Journal of Psychology, 96, 389-406
Abstract: The terrorist attacks of 9/11, and subsequent terrorist acts around the world, have alerted social psychologists to the need to examine the antecedents and consequences of terrorist threat perception. In these two studies we examined the predictive power of demographic factors (age, sex, location), individual values and normative influences on threat perception and the consequences of this perception for behavioural change and close relationships. In study 1 (N = 100) gender, benevolence values and normative influences were all correlates of threat perception, whilst sense of personal threat was correlated with increased contact with friends and family. In study 2 (N = 240) age, sex, location, and the values of Openness to Change and Hedonism, all predicted threat perception, which in turn predicted behavioural change and relationship contact. Such findings point to the important role social psychologists should play in understanding responses to these new terrorist threats.
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Dept of Life Sciences Research Papers

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