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Intuitive Toxicology II: Studies of Expert and Lay Judgments of Chemical Risk, 1994 (ICPSR 2180) RSS

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Summary:

The purpose of this survey was to examine the subjective and intuitive elements of lay risk assessments of chemical risk. Members of the British Toxicology Society were asked to complete questionnaires that included a variety of question types and formats, including ratings of perceived risk, attitude and opinion questions, and questions pertaining to the technical evaluation of several chemicals. Those surveyed were asked to rate the perceived risk of items relating to health, including alcoholic beverages, asbestos, breast implants, burning fossil fuels, cigarette smoking, contraceptive pills, crime and violence, depletion of the ozone layer, dioxins, food additives, medical X-rays, nuclear waste, pesticides, and sun tanning. Attitudes and opinions were also sought on topics such as animal testing, cancer, and pollution. Background information on respondents includes education, age, sex, and occupational affiliation.

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Citation

Slovic, Paul, Torbjorn Malmfors, and Ian F.H. Purchase. INTUITIVE TOXICOLOGY II: STUDIES OF EXPERT AND LAY JUDGMENTS OF CHEMICAL RISK, 1994. ICPSR version. Eugene, OR: Decision Research [producer], 1994. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2005. doi:10.3886/ICPSR02180.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:   alcohol, asbestos, cancer, carcinogens, crime, environmental hazards, hazardous substances, health, health attitudes, health behavior, pollution, radiation, radioactive wastes, risk, risk assessment, tobacco products

Geographic Coverage:   Great Britain, Global

Time Period:  

  • 1994

Date of Collection:  

  • 1994

Universe:   Members of the British Toxicology Society in 1994.

Data Types:   survey data

Data Collection Notes:

The codebook is provided by ICPSR as a Portable Document Format (PDF) file. The PDF file format was developed by Adobe Systems Incorporated and can be accessed using PDF reader software, such as the Adobe Acrobat Reader. Information on how to obtain a copy of the Acrobat Reader is provided on the ICPSR Web site.

Methodology

Data Source:

mailback questionnaires

Response Rates:   The survey was mailed to all 857 members of the British Toxicology Society. Three hundred twelve completed surveys were returned for a response rate of 36.4 percent.

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