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What predicts threat perceptions toward people opposing to the government? A population-based study following umbrella movement, Hong Kong
Hou,Wai Kai1,2,3; Canetti,Daphna4; Ma,Tsz Wah1,2; Hall,Brian J.5,6,7; Lau,Kam Man2; Ng,Sin Man2; Hobfoll,Stevan E.8
2019-03-10
Source PublicationJournal of Social and Political Psychology
ISSN21953325
Volume6Issue:2Pages:383-400
Abstract

We examined the incidence and predictors of threat perceptions toward people who oppose government action (i.e., protestors) following the Umbrella Movement in Hong Kong (September 28th to December 15th, 2014). A population-representative sample of 1,208 citizens (mean age = 46.89 years; 52.4% female) was recruited two months after the conclusion of the Movement using random digit dialing. Upon giving their informed consent, respondents reported sociodemographics, perceived threats of protestors to the prospects of democracy, ways of life, and the economy, anxiety symptoms (STAI), and depressive symptoms (PHQ-9). More than half disagreed that protestors threatened the prospects of democracy (54.7%, 95% CI =.52,.57), ways of life (52.2%, 95% CI =.49,.55), and the economy (51.4%, 95% CI =.49,.54). Regression analyses revealed that male sex was associated with lower odds of perceiving threats to the prospects of democracy and ways of life. Being unmarried was associated with lower odds of perceiving threats to the economy. Secondary education level and depressive symptoms were associated with higher odds of perceiving threats to ways of life and the economy, respectively. This is one of the first population-based studies that measured socioeconomic and mental health correlates of political attitudes immediately following pro-democracy movements.

KeywordEpidemiology Hong Kong Psychological Distress Social Movement Threat Perceptions Toward Protestors
DOI10.5964/jspp.v6i2.791
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CollectionDEPARTMENT OF PSYCHOLOGY
Corresponding AuthorHou,Wai Kai
Affiliation1.Department of PsychologyThe Education University of Hong Kong,Tai Po,Hong Kong
2.Laboratory of Psychology and Ecology of Stress (LoPES)The Education University of Hong Kong,Tai Po,Hong Kong
3.Centre for Psychosocial HealthThe Education University of Hong Kong,Tai Po,Hong Kong
4.School of Political ScienceUniversity of Haifa,Haifa,Israel
5.Department of PsychologyUniversity of Macau,Macao
6.Global and Community Mental Health Research GroupUniversity of Macau,Macao
7.Department of HealthBehavior and SocietyJohns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health,Baltimore,United States
8.Department of Behavioral SciencesRush University Medical Center,Chicago,United States
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Hou,Wai Kai,Canetti,Daphna,Ma,Tsz Wah,et al. What predicts threat perceptions toward people opposing to the government? A population-based study following umbrella movement, Hong Kong[J]. Journal of Social and Political Psychology,2019,6(2):383-400.
APA Hou,Wai Kai.,Canetti,Daphna.,Ma,Tsz Wah.,Hall,Brian J..,Lau,Kam Man.,...&Hobfoll,Stevan E..(2019).What predicts threat perceptions toward people opposing to the government? A population-based study following umbrella movement, Hong Kong.Journal of Social and Political Psychology,6(2),383-400.
MLA Hou,Wai Kai,et al."What predicts threat perceptions toward people opposing to the government? A population-based study following umbrella movement, Hong Kong".Journal of Social and Political Psychology 6.2(2019):383-400.
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