After the Flood: Anger, Attribution, and the Seeking of Information
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In an effort to understand what motivates people to attend to information about flood risks, this study applies the Risk Information Seeking and Processing model to explore how local residents responded to damaging river flooding in the Milwaukee area. The results indicate that anger at managing agencies was associated with the desire for information and active information seeking and processing, as well as with greater risk judgment of harm from future flooding, greater sense of personal efficacy, lower institutional trust, and causal attributions for flood losses as being due to poor government management.
Griffin, Robert; Yang, Zheng; ter Huurne, Ellen F. J.; Boerner, Francesca; Ortiz, Sherry; and Dunwoody, Sharon, "After the Flood: Anger, Attribution, and the Seeking of Information" (2008). College of Communication Faculty Research and Publications. 223.