A study on the risk perception of light pollution and the process of social amplification of risk in Korea

Kyung Hee Kim, Jae Wook Choi, Eun Il Lee, Yong Min Cho, Hyung Rae Ahn

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Abstract

In this study, the risk perception level of each light pollution type was analyzed, and the effects of the variables (e.g., psychometric paradigm factor, trust in the government, etc.) on the process of the increase in the risk perception were analyzed. For the sample population (1096 persons) in Korea, the risk perception levels of each light pollution type and other environmental and health risk factors were compared, and the relative magnitude was examined. In addition, to test which variables affect the group with high-risk perception of each light pollution type, a logistic regression analysis was performed. For the group with highest risk perception of light pollution, the odds ratios (OR) of all psychometric paradigms (excluding controllability) increased compared to those of the group with low-risk perception. Additionally, the level showing the acquisition of information from the media and the recollection level of media criticism on each light pollution type showed a statistically significant increase. Especially, the risk perception of light trespass increased as trust in the government decreased. The significance of this study includes the finding that the public’s risk perception of light pollution was significantly affected by the psychometric paradigm factors. Moreover, this study analyzed the differences of the variables that affect the increase in the risk perception of each light pollution type and provided a theoretical framework that can practically reflect the strategy for the risk communication of light pollution.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)7612-7621
Number of pages10
JournalEnvironmental Science and Pollution Research
Volume22
Issue number10
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015 May 16

Keywords

  • Glare
  • Light clutter
  • Light pollution
  • Light trespass
  • Over-illumination
  • Risk perception

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis
  • Pollution
  • Medicine(all)

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