Disposition toward environmental hazards in Hong Kong Chinese : Validation of a Chinese version of the environmental appraisal inventory (EAI-C)

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)369-384
Journal / PublicationJournal of Environmental Psychology
Volume23
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2003

Abstract

This paper extends prior research on risk perceptions in the West to the Hong Kong Chinese context by studying the nature of the responses of 229 Hong Kong Chinese to an adapted environmental appraisal inventory (EAI-C), which consisted of three scales with one related to the self and the other two related to the local and global environments, respectively. Results lent support to a local-global dichotomy: hazards were appraised to be more threatening in the global than the local context. Responses to the three-scale adaptation were factor analysed and three subscales were extracted for each of the EAI scales. As with findings reported in a previous study with an Irish sample, the subscales could be considered to represent techno-human, everyday-life and natural hazards. Results also indicated that Hong Kong Chinese appraised environmental hazards as more threatening than did Western samples surveyed in prior studies. This was most striking when hazards were appraised in relation to the self. Similar findings have also been reported in recent studies with Japanese samples. It was suggested that the accentuated threat to self observed in the current study might stem from a heightened sensitivity to environmental hazards in the Chinese people, which is determined by self-construction processes specific to Asian cultures. Using the EAI as a measurement for hazard appraisal may provide insights to how people from different cultures construe the impact of environmental hazards in various contexts. © 2003 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

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Disposition toward environmental hazards in Hong Kong Chinese : Validation of a Chinese version of the environmental appraisal inventory (EAI-C). / Lai, Chuk-Ling Julian; Brennan, Andrew; Chan, Ho-Mun; Tao, Julia.

In: Journal of Environmental Psychology, Vol. 23, No. 4, 12.2003, p. 369-384.

Research output: Journal Publications and Reviews (RGC: 21, 22, 62)21_Publication in refereed journalpeer-review