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Institutional trust, information processing and perception of environmental cancer risk
International Journal of Global Environmental Issues
This paper examines how institutional trust affects the way in which people process information and perceive risk. Data come from a study of risk perception in the circumstance of US state health department investigations of suspected cancer clusters, with 30 cases examined (n = 1,111). Trust is assessed for three information sources: state health departments, civic groups and industries involved in each case. Higher trust for the state directly predicts lower risk perception, while high trustdoi:10.1504/ijgenvi.2008.017260 fatcat:tcd7o3tg2regjaaocvmxphb3te