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Exploring the structure of attitudes toward genetically modified food

Poortinga, Wouter and Pidgeon, Nicholas Frank 2006. Exploring the structure of attitudes toward genetically modified food. Risk Analysis 26 (6) , pp. 1707-1719. 10.1111/j.1539-6924.2006.00828.x

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Although it is often thought that the British public is opposed to genetically modified (GM) food, recent qualitative work suggests that most people are ambivalent about GM food and crops. In this article we explore the structure of attitudes in order to examine whether attitudinal ambivalence can be captured by more quantitative methods. Based on the finding that the perceived risks and benefits of GM food can be treated as independent dimensions, we propose a four-way typology of attitudes, consisting of a positive, negative, indifferent, and ambivalent group. This study showed that the differences between the four groups could best be described by three main dimensions: (1) a general evaluative dimension, (2) an involvement dimension, and (3) an attitudinal certainty dimension. While these different attitudinal dimensions have generally been studied in isolation, we argue that they should be studied collectively.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Architecture
Uncontrolled Keywords: Ambivalence; altitudes; altitudinal certainty; GM food; involvement
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
ISSN: 0272-4332
Last Modified: 03 Nov 2017 01:20

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