Insights into the reception and acceptance of risk messages: nuclear emergency communication

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Insights into the reception and acceptance of risk messages: nuclear emergency communication. / Perko, Tanja; Thijssen, Peter; Turcanu, Catrinel; Van Gorp, Baldwin; van der Meer, Klaas (Peer reviewer).

In: Journal of Risk Research, Vol. 17, No. 9, 11.2014, p. 1207-1232.

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Perko, Tanja ; Thijssen, Peter ; Turcanu, Catrinel ; Van Gorp, Baldwin ; van der Meer, Klaas. / Insights into the reception and acceptance of risk messages: nuclear emergency communication. In: Journal of Risk Research. 2014 ; Vol. 17, No. 9. pp. 1207-1232.

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