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Journal of Environmental Toxicology 2010;25(3):187-195.
위해인지도 맵을 이용한 나노기술 리스크 커뮤니케이션 연구
최찬웅, 정지윤, 황명실, 정기경, 이효민, 이광호
1식품의약품안전평가원 위해분석연구과
2식품의약품안전평가원 위해분석연구과
3식품의약품안전평가원 위해분석연구과
4식품의약품안전평가원 위해분석연구과
5식품의약품안전평가원 위해분석연구과
6식품의약품안전평가원 위해분석연구과
Risk Communication Study for Nanotechnology Using Risk Cognitive Map
Chan-Woong Choi , Ji-Yoon Jeong , Myung-Sil Hwang , Ki-Kyung Jung , Hyo-Min Lee , Kwang-Ho Lee
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ABSTRACT
  Nanotechnology is the fastest growing area in scientific research and it has important applications in a wide variety of fields. Nevertheless, consumers encountered this new technology without any identification of risks and benefits. Also until now, there are no specific safety evaluation methods for nanotechnology. For this reason, we studied risk communication strategy for nanotechnology to prepare its application in commercialized products on public. A survey was conducted to identify the differences in perception between public (N=110) and expert (N=37) toward applied nanotechnology in food, drugs and cosmetic products. The survey results were used to draw up a risk cognitive map which was introduced by Paul Slovic, and the perception level of public and expert on nanotechnology was evaluated. As a result of the survey, public recognized nanotechnology as ""unknown but low dread"" risk factor, but expert recognized it as ""unknown and high dread"" risk factor. These results indicate that there are perception differences between two groups. Several risk communication strategies are reported including care, consensus and risk communication. In the case of nanotechnology, it contains both risks and benefits. Considering the nature of nanotechnology, the ""consensus communication"" which informs consumers about risks and benefits of issues is the most appropriate strategy.
Keywords: Nanotechnology; Risk cognitive map; Risk communication
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