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Cognitive and Emotional Representations of Terror Attacks: A Cross-Cultural Exploration

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A questionnaire measuring cognitive and affective representations of terror risk was developed and tested in Turkey and Israel. Participants in the study were university students from the two countries (n= 351). Four equivalent factors explained terror risk cognitions in each sample: costs, vulnerability, trust, and control. A single negative emotionality factor explained the affective component of terror risk representations in both samples. All factors except control could be measured reliably. Results supported the validity of the questionnaire by showing expected associations between cognitions and emotions, as well as indicating gender differences and cultural variations. Current findings are discussed in relation to previous results, theoretical approaches, and practical implications.

Keywords: Cross-cultural comparisons; gender; risk perception; terror

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: Bilkent University, Business Administration, Ankara, Turkey.

Publication date: April 1, 2007

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