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Government Risk Management Priorities: A Comparison of the Preferences of Asian Indian Americans and Other Americans

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A survey was conducted of approximately 200 Asian Indian Americans and 200 other residents of New Jersey in order to understand the risk management priorities that they want government to have. We found that Asian Indian Americans, especially younger women, focused on personal/family risks, such as alcohol and drug abuse, sexual abuse, and domestic violence. The New Jersey comparison group, in contrast, placed war/terrorism and loss of health care services and insurance at the top of their priorities for government. These results suggest stressful acculturation-related issues within the Asian Indian community. Both populations want more risk management from government than they believe government is currently providing. Respondents who wanted more from government tended to dread the risk, be fearful of the consequences, trust government, and have a feeling of personal efficacy. Within the Asian Indian American sample, wide variations were observed by language spoken at home and religious affiliation. Notably, Muslims and Hindi-language speakers tended not to trust government and hence wanted less government involvement. This study supports our call for studies of recent migrant populations and Johnson's( 1) for testing ethnic identity and acculturation as factors in risk judgments.
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Keywords: Asian Indian Americans; domestic violence; risk management; risk preferences

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Rutgers University, Edward J. Bloustein School, New Brunswick, NJ, USA.

Publication date: 01 October 2006

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