After the flood: Anger, attribution, and the seeking of information

Robert J. Griffin, Zheng Yang, Ellen ter Huurne, Francesca Boerner, Sherry Ortiz, Sharon Dunwoody

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)285-315
JournalScience communication
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2008


  • Risk perception
  • Attribution theory
  • Flooding
  • Risk communication
  • Anger
  • Information seeking
  • Information processing


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