This paper analyzes demographic determinants of incident experience and risk perception, as well as the relationship between the two, for eight different risk domains. Analyses were conducted by merging the results of a Swedish population-based survey, which includes approximately 15,000 individuals, with demographic and socio-economic register data. Being male was associated with higher incident experience yet a lower risk perception for nearly all risk domains. Lower socioeconomic status was associated with higher incident experience for falls, and being a victim of violence but lower incident experience for road traffic accidents. Lower socioeconomic status was also associated with higher risk perception for falls. On aggregate, ranking the different domains, respondents’ risk perception was in almost perfect correspondence to the ranking of actual incident experience, with the exception that the risk of being a victim of violence is ranked higher than indicated by actual incident experience. On a demographic group level, men and highly educated respondents perceive their risks to be lower than what is expected considering their actual incident experience.
incident experience; risk perception; injuries; beliefs;
Bjorn Sund, Mikael Svensson, and Henrik Andersson, “Demographic determinants of incidence experience and risk perception: Do high-risk groups accurately perceive themselves as high-risk?”, Journal of risk research, vol. 20, 2017, pp. 99–117.
Journal of risk research, vol. 20, 2017, pp. 99–117