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Title: The social amplification of risk and the hazard sequence: The October 1995 oral contraceptive pill scare
Authors: Barnett, J
Breakwell, GM
Keywords: Risk;Risk communication;Social amplification of risk;Oral contraceptive pill;Hazard sequence;Hazard template
Issue Date: 2003
Publisher: Taylor and Francis
Citation: Health, Risk and Society. 5(3): 301-313
Abstract: Hazard notifications routinely occur as part of the identification or management of a hazard. It is argued that a series of such notifications - a hazard sequence - may affect public responses to future notifications about that hazard and also that hazard sequences can help explain patterns of risk amplification, particularly how a risk becomes normalised. Exploration of the hazard sequence also means exploring hazard templates: frameworks through which people make sense of risk information across the lifetime of the hazard. Events surrounding the 1995 oral contraceptive 'pill scare' are used to illustrate the way in which a hazard sequence might operate.
ISSN: 1369-8575
Appears in Collections:Computer Science
Dept of Computer Science Research Papers

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