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The social amplification of risk and the hazard sequence : The October 1995 oral contraceptive pill scare


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Barnett, J. and Breakwell, G. M., 2003. The social amplification of risk and the hazard sequence : The October 1995 oral contraceptive pill scare. Health Risk & Society, 5 (3), pp. 301-313.

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    http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13698570310001606996

    Abstract

    Hazard notifications routinely occur as part of the identification or management of a hazard. It is argued that a series of such notifications - a hazard sequence - may affect public responses to future notifications about that hazard and also that hazard sequences can help explain patterns of risk amplification, particularly how a risk becomes normalised. Exploration of the hazard sequence also means exploring hazard templates: frameworks through which people make sense of risk information across the lifetime of the hazard. Events surrounding the 1995 oral contraceptive 'pill scare' are used to illustrate the way in which a hazard sequence might operate.

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    Item Type Articles
    CreatorsBarnett, J.and Breakwell, G. M.
    DOI10.1080/13698570310001606996
    DepartmentsFaculty of Humanities & Social Sciences > Social & Policy Sciences
    Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences > Psychology
    University Administration & Central Services > Vice-Chancellor's Office
    RefereedYes
    StatusPublished
    ID Code1284

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