Portland State University. Department of Communication
Term of Graduation
Date of Publication
Master of Science (M.S.) in Communication
Political participation, Risk perception, Motivation (Psychology), Voter turnout
1 online resource (iii, 48 pages)
This study draws on concepts from political and risk communication to inform our understanding of what motivates people to be politically active. Inspired by concerns that traditional models of participation do not perform as well among younger and more diverse populations, alternate variables are considered including risk perceptions surrounding policy issues and political parties. Results show that established political variables such as political interest and civic duty remain strongly associated with participation, while offering support for several new variables of interest from the risk communication literature. In the present study, threat and efficacy perceptions explained additional variance in political participation when added to known predictors of participation.
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Grubb, Siri, "The Worth of Risk: Political Participation and Risk Perceptions" (2021). Dissertations and Theses. Paper 5797.