Risk Perception and Terrorism: Applying the Psychometric Paradigm
Jenkin, Clinton M.
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While expert risk analyses are based on calculations of probability and damage, public estimates of risk are more often based on qualitative factors. It is important to understand how the public, not just homeland security experts, perceive and react to the threat of terrorism. Risk perception research in general, and the psychometric paradigm in particular, offer a basis for empirically examining attitudes toward potential terrorism. This article discusses the benefits of such an approach and specific research recommendations.
This article appeared in Homeland Security Affairs (July 2006), v.2 no.2