Determinants of reactions to gene technology: a generic approach


Pin, Renske R. and Gutteling, Jan M. and Kuttschreuter, Margot (2009) Determinants of reactions to gene technology: a generic approach. New Genetics and Society, 28 (1). pp. 51-65. ISSN 1463-6778

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Abstract:This paper examines the reactions to gene technology (the intention to buy gene-tech food, worry about abuse, and the public's desire that different actors be able to influence decisions) in a sample of the Dutch population (n = 1010) and studies the relationship between these reactions and perception, trust, experience, knowledge and personal interest. The survey reveals that large parts of the public are concerned about the abuse of gene technology, are not willing to buy gene-tech products, and want actors to have an influence on legislation and enforcement. Path analysis shows that these reactions can be well explained using a generic model. Trust in authorities, personal interest in gene technology, and perception of gene technology are important predictors of people's reactions, whereas experience and knowledge are less important.
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