The paper examines the risk perception of young people, between the ages of 18 and 25, towards nuclear power.
Special emphasis is given to the issues of acceptability in relation to risk, cost, safety and environmental effects.
Risk and risk perception are reviewed and related to the nuclear power debate.
An investigation is carried out with a sample of 829 young people in three European countries, namely France, Germany and the United Kingdom.
Cross-cultural and gender differences are analysed looking at thinking about risk, electricity production, issues of nuclear power and nuclear power plants.
The results and discussion show that there are evident differences in risk perception based on nationality and gender of young people.
The European nuclear industry, outside France, still appears to need to overcome the acceptability gap as regards its perceived risks.
Mots-clés Pascal : Expérience, Energie nucléaire, Risque, Coût, Prévention accident, Impact environnement, Industrie nucléaire, Electricité, Energie hydroélectrique, Ressource énergétique, Centrale nucléaire, Aspect social, Perception risque
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Young people, European countries, Nuclear safety, Acceptability, Gender, Nationality, Experiments, Nuclear energy, Risks, Costs, Accident prevention, Environmental impact, Nuclear industry, Electricity, Hydroelectric power, Energy resources, Nuclear power plants, Social aspects, Risk perception
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 96-0197282
Code Inist : 002B30B. Création : 199608.