Date of Award

Spring 1992

Degree Type

Thesis - Restricted

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Department

Communication

First Advisor

Brill, Ann M.

Second Advisor

Gribbin, August K.

Third Advisor

Sterk, Helen M.

Abstract

Public concern about the potential health effects associated with exposure to electric and magnetic fields is emerging as a contentious public issue. The epidemiology and laboratory studies on EMF are inconclusive, and most experts agree it will be five to 10 years before research can, with any degree of accuracy, demonstrate whether a link exists between EMF exposure and adverse health effects. In the meantime, consumers are seeking information about the research and methods to avoid exposure. This thesis attempted to assess whether information provided by one electric utility influenced the perception of risk.

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