Media and public concerns about food risks: experts’ views

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Title: Media and public concerns about food risks: experts’ views
Authors: Beléndez, Marina | Martín Llaguno, Marta
Research Group/s: Psicología Social y Salud (PSS) | Comunicación y Sociedad del Conocimiento (COSOCO)
Center, Department or Service: Universidad de Alicante. Departamento de Comunicación y Psicología Social
Keywords: Risks | Food risks | Experts | Health worries
Knowledge Area: Psicología Social | Comunicación Audiovisual y Publicidad
Date Created: Sep-2008
Issue Date: Sep-2008
Abstract: Background: The objectives of this study were to examine experts’ views on: (1) public beliefs about food safety and food risk messages; (2) public concerns regarding food issues; (3) the role of food experts in risk communication. Methods: A web-based survey, adapted from De Boer et al. (2005), was completed by 120 food scientists drawn from different scientific and academic institutions across Spain. Findings: Most experts stated that media coverage of food hazards includes confused information (82.5%) and that public expects absolute pronouncement on food risks (88.3%). Both mass media and education level were rated as having more influence on worries about food issues than income or lack of trust in food industry (p<0.001). Many experts asserted that scientists should gain skills for interacting with the media (88.3%). Discussion: Findings from this study support previous research in which experts showed negative opinions about media influences on worries about food safety.
Description: Póster presentado en 22nd Conference of the European Health Psychology Society “Behaviour, Health & Healthcare. From Physiology to Policy”, Bath, UK, 9th-12th September, 2008.
Language: eng
Type: info:eu-repo/semantics/conferenceObject
Peer Review: si
Appears in Collections:INV - PSS - Comunicaciones a Congresos, Conferencias, etc.
INV - COSOCO - Comunicaciones a Congresos, Conferencias, etc.
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