Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://hdl.handle.net/10356/138178
Title: Care, competency, or honesty? Framing emergency preparedness messages and risks for nuclear energy in Singapore
Authors: Ho, Shirley S.
Kim, Nuri
Looi, Jiemin
Leong, Alisius D.
Keywords: Social sciences::Communication
Issue Date: 2020
Source: Ho, S. S., Kim, N., Looi, J., & Leong, A. D. (2020). Care, competency, or honesty? Framing emergency preparedness messages and risks for nuclear energy in Singapore. Energy Research & Social Science, 65, 101477-. doi:10.1016/j.erss.2020.101477
Project: NRF2014NPR‐NPRP001–004 
Journal: Energy Research and Social Science 
Abstract: It is imperative to provide emergency preparedness messages so that the public can react appropriately to potential nuclear crises. Considering the mass media's extensive audience outreach, this study investigates how emergency preparedness message frames and the type of communication channels can influence individuals’ trust in government, risk perceptions, and acceptance of nuclear energy development in a neighboring country. A 4 (Emergency preparedness message frame: competence vs. care vs. honesty vs. control) × 2 (Communication channel: social media vs. traditional media) between-subjects factorial experiment was conducted online with 600 participants. Messages centered on care influenced participants’ trust in government the most. Messages disseminated through traditional media impacted participants’ trust in government more than social media. Participants’ trust in government and risk perceptions mediated the relationship between message frames and the types of communication channel on their acceptance of nuclear energy development in a neighboring country. Theoretical implications, practical implications, and directions for future research are discussed.
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/10356/138178
ISSN: 2214-6296
DOI: 10.1016/j.erss.2020.101477
Schools: Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information 
Rights: © 2020 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved. This paper was published in Energy Research and Social Science and is made available with permission of Elsevier Ltd.
Fulltext Permission: open
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