Journal of Contingencies and Crisis Management

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Getting along with danger? Place attachment, employment relationship, and protective behaviour responses

Abstract This study aims to explain a commonly overlooked risk phenomenon where a community living around a hazardous facility adapts itself to the dangers posed by the facility. A survey of 434 residents was administered in the community around the Botian chemical plant in Tianjin, China. Hierarchical regression analyses indicate that place attachment negatively predicts intention to move away and positively predicts intention to protest. Moreover, it negatively moderates the relationship between risk perception and intention to move away. Employment relationship negatively affects intention to move and protest, and it negatively (positively) moderates the relationship between risk perception and intention to move (intention to protest). The total effects of place attachment and employment relationship weaken the positive effect of risk perception on protective responses.

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