Factors governing human fear of wolves: moderating effects of geographical location and standpoint on protected nature

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This study analyses psychological an tecedents of feelings of fear of wolves in a proportional sample of the Swedish population ( national sample, n = 545) and
in a sample of people in c ounties with wolf presence (regi onal sample, n = 1,892). Structural equation model-ling of survey data suggests a dual pathway to self-re porte d fear. One path encompa sses the appraisal of the environmental context operationalised as a potential wolf encounter. The second path concerns the appraisal of the social context asses sed as social trust in managing authorities. The relative importance of the paths differs between the national and the regional sample, and between people in the administrative centre of the region and the regional periphery. We show that the public’s fear of wolves should be addressed both at an individual level, focusing on situations with potential encounters, and at a collective level, by strengthening the trust between the public and authorities, and regional variation should be considered.


Enheter & grupper
Externa organisationer
  • Umeå University
  • Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences

Ämnesklassifikation (UKÄ) – OBLIGATORISK

  • Psykologi


Sidor (från-till)749-760
Antal sidor12
TidskriftEuropean Journal of Wildlife Research
Utgåva nummer6
StatusPublished - 2016 okt 20
Peer review utfördJa