Communication Strategies to Initiate and Sustain Catastrophe Compassion

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Science communication has the potential to influence whether people respond to catastrophic disasters with selfishness or prosociality. Compassion-feelings of concern for another’s undeserved suffering and the desire to minimize it-is invaluable for communities as they recover. This chapter describes how science communication can be used to initiate and sustain compassion during and after catastrophic events. By reflecting on recent examples-natural disasters, targeted acts of violence, and the refugee displacement crisis-the chapter will illustrate how appeals to compassion can trigger the mechanisms of emotion, efficacy, and reciprocity to drive altruistic actions.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCommunication and Catastrophic Events
Subtitle of host publicationStrategic Risk and Crisis Management
Number of pages19
ISBN (Electronic)9781119751847
StatePublished - Jan 1 2022

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences


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