High school students’ trust and risk perception of typhoon disaster: moderating role of government ability in disaster management

Li Huang, Fuying Zhang, Xiaohe Wu, Yi Peng, Haijun Bao, Yiye Zhang

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    Under global warming and environmental changes, coastal cities have witnessed significant typhoon disasters that attract considerable attention from scholars. Existing studies mainly focused on typhoon disaster prevention and reduction by examining the impact of the public's trust on risk perception. However, these studies overlooked the influence of government ability, even though government plays an important role in disaster management. Therefore, this study takes Ningbo, China as an example to analyze the impact of trust on risk perception and explore the role of government ability on the referred relationship. High school students are taken as the research targets as they are vulnerable but important in typhoon disaster mitigation, which may have been overlooked in existing studies. Regression is used to examine these relationships. The findings of this study are as follows. First, students' trust in meteorological departments, expert institutions, and government agencies positively impact economic, personal, and environmental risk perception. Second, government ability negatively moderates the relationships between students' trust in meteorological departments and expert institutions and all types of risk perception. Moreover, it only has a significant negative moderating effect on the relationship between students' trust in government agencies and economic risk perception. The study reveals the moderating role of government ability between trust and risk perception and provides references for further study on the relationship between trust and risk perception.

    Original languageEnglish
    Article number102816
    JournalInternational Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction
    Publication statusPublished - Mar 2022


    • Government ability
    • High school students
    • Risk perception
    • Trust
    • Typhoon disaster management

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Geotechnical Engineering and Engineering Geology
    • Safety Research
    • Geology


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