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Public perceptions and attitudes to biological risks: Saudi Arabia and regional perspectives

Alshehri, Saud Ali, Rezgui, Yacine ORCID: and Li, Haijiang ORCID: 2016. Public perceptions and attitudes to biological risks: Saudi Arabia and regional perspectives. Disasters 40 (4) , pp. 799-815. 10.1111/disa.12179

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Saudi Arabia has experienced frequent occurrences of biological disasters due to a wide range of generator factors, including natural disasters and epidemics. A national survey (n=1,164) was conducted across 13 regions of Saudi Arabia to examine public perceptions to the risk of a biological disaster. The primary results reveal: (a) a degree of knowledge about biological threats such as SARS and H5N1 flu, despite the lack of individual experience with disasters; (b) age, gender, education and faith are positively related to the perception of biological risk; and (c) a number of important community resilience factors exist, including faith, education and willingness. This study concludes that the development of adapted resilience strategies in disaster management can be achieved through public education and training involving cooperation with official organisations and religious authorities in the country to increase public awareness, knowledge and skills in mitigating biological threats.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Engineering
Uncontrolled Keywords: biological threats; disasters; public perception; risks; Saudi Arabia
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
ISSN: 0361-3666
Date of Acceptance: 2015
Last Modified: 31 Oct 2022 10:22

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