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People's past experiences and personal stories can influence risk-taking behaviour

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posted on 2020-05-08, 00:00 authored by Wendy MadsenWendy Madsen
Stories of events form an integral part of the social context in which disasters are interpreted, made sense of and can influence risk-taking behaviour. However, ‘heroic’ stories can have a darker side in the context of natural disasters when they become part of myths or are used to bolster risk-taking activities. Such stories have the potential to undermine the safety messages of governments and emergency services organisations. This paper explores three narratives from historical disaster events to consider if social narratives offer avenues to reduce risk-taking behaviours during emergency events.

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Volume

34

Issue

3

Start Page

47

End Page

51

Number of Pages

5

eISSN

2204-2288

ISSN

1324-1540

Publisher

Emergency Management Australia

Peer Reviewed

  • Yes

Open Access

  • No

Acceptance Date

2019-03-06

Era Eligible

  • Yes

Journal

Australian Journal of Emergency Management

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