The framing of risks and the communication of subjective probabilities for victimizations

The framing of risks and the communication of subjective probabilities for victimizations What does ‘likely’ mean, when respondents estimate the risk to become a victim of crime? Victimization risks can either be interpreted as gains (“being spared of offences”) or as losses (“becoming a victim of crime”). Because losses are perceived as more severe, respondents will state lower subjective victimization probabilities in the loss-frame, compared to the gain-frame. We demonstrate such a framing-effect with data from an experimental survey. Furthermore, we show that the meaning of vague quantifiers varies with the frequency and the severity of the event. Respondents assign to the same vague quantifiers (e.g. ‘unlikely’) higher likelihoods in terms of percentages for frequent and for less severe events than for infrequent and for severe events. In conclusion, respondents do not use vague quantifiers consistently so that it is problematic to compare subjective risks for different victimizations. Quality & Quantity Springer Journals

The framing of risks and the communication of subjective probabilities for victimizations

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Springer Netherlands
Copyright © 2010 by Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
Social Sciences; Methodology of the Social Sciences; Social Sciences, general
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