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

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Factors governing human fear of wolves: moderating effects of geographical location and standpoint on protected nature. / Johansson, Maria; Sandström, Camilla ; Pedersen, Eja; Ericsson, Göran .

I: European Journal of Wildlife Research, Vol. 62, Nr. 6, 20.10.2016, s. 749-760.

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T1 - Factors governing human fear of wolves: moderating effects of geographical location and standpoint on protected nature

AU - Johansson, Maria

AU - Sandström, Camilla

AU - Pedersen, Eja

AU - Ericsson, Göran

PY - 2016/10/20

Y1 - 2016/10/20

N2 - This study analyses psychological an tecedents of feelings of fear of wolves in a proportional sample of the Swedish population ( national sample, n = 545) andin 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.

AB - This study analyses psychological an tecedents of feelings of fear of wolves in a proportional sample of the Swedish population ( national sample, n = 545) andin 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.

KW - Fear

KW - Appraisal

KW - Trust

KW - Wolves

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U2 - 10.1007/s10344-016-1054-5

DO - 10.1007/s10344-016-1054-5

M3 - Article

VL - 62

SP - 749

EP - 760

JO - European Journal of Wildlife Research

JF - European Journal of Wildlife Research

SN - 1612-4642

IS - 6

ER -