Publication
Title
Measuring societal attitudes and behaviours towards radon indoors : a case study of Slovenia
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Abstract
Public opinion surveys play a crucial role in assessing public awareness, knowledge, and radon risk perception in the context of national Radon Action Plans. However, many of these surveys are constructed without a solid foundation in behavioural theories, health protection theory, or social science methodology. This lack of foundation can lead to misguided priorities in radon mitigation interventions and ineffective communication strategies, ultimately resulting in low compliance with testing and mitigation in private homes. By developing and testing scales that measure a wide range of theory-based socio-psychological concepts influencing protective behaviour of individuals facing radon risk, this study provides researchers, authorities, and practitioners with a useful and versatile survey tool to explore the complexity of human behaviour in the context of radon. The results of this survey, conducted in Slovenia with a representative sample of respondents from low, middle, and high radon risk areas (N = 2012), offer a foundation for assessing gaps and strategies to increase testing and remediation of homes. The findings suggest that communication interventions need to be more precisely tailored to specific population groups and should go beyond enhancing awareness, knowledge and radon risk perception. Effective strategies should evoke emotions, share personal stories, highlight successful mitigation cases, and use personal testimonies from individuals affected by lung cancer. Moreover, incorporating positive social norms can inspire more individuals to engage in testing and mitigation measures. Assessing theory-driven socio-psychological concepts through a survey allows researchers and policymakers to craft more effective strategies aimed at promoting radon testing and mitigation, thereby enhancing overall public health.
Language
English
Source (journal)
Journal of environmental radioactivity. - London
Publication
London : 2024
ISSN
0265-931X
DOI
10.1016/J.JENVRAD.2023.107355
Volume/pages
272 (2024) , p. 1-15
Article Reference
107355
ISI
001139916000001
Pubmed ID
38100893
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UAntwerpen
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Research group
Project info
Towards effective radiation protection based on improved scientific evidence and social considerations - focus on radon and NORM (RadoNorm).
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Affiliation
Publications with a UAntwerp address
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Creation 18.12.2023
Last edited 01.02.2024
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