This handbook of risk communication is edited by three professors of communication at US universities with contributions from many experts and academics, predominantly from the USA. The book aims to ‘summarise theory, current research, and practice in a range of disciplines and describe effective communication approaches for risk situations in diverse contexts … and applications-interpersonal, organisational and societal’.

The book is divided into three parts. Part 1 lays the foundations for understanding risk communication, focusing on the psychology of risk perception and risk as a socially constructed phenomenon. Part 2 examines the components of risk communication, with sections on models, audiences and messages of risk communication. It explores the role of the media, including the social media, in the portrayal and framing of risk. Part...

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