Social and Behavioral Research on Risk: Uses in Risk Management Decisionmaking

  • Vincent T. Covello
Conference paper
Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (volume 4)


In response to rising concern about health and environmental risks, a concerted effort is being made to improve risk analysis methods and risk management approaches. As part of this effort, social and behavioral scientists have produced a substantial body of knowledge on public risk perceptions, attitudes, and behavior (see Covello. 1983). The purpose of this paper is to identify and describe five critical policy uses for such information (see Table 1). A basic assumption of that paper is that policy analysts and decisionmakers can benefit from a better understanding of how the public thinks and makes decisions about technological risks. Without such understanding, well-intended policies my be ineffective or even counterproductive.


Risk Management Environmental Impact Assessment Seat Belt Toxic Shock Syndrome Flood Insurance 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Vincent T. Covello
    • 1
  1. 1.National Science FoundationUSA

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