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Can online participation on issues of asylum seeking lead to action? Understanding the intent to act

Mckay, Fiona and Dunn, Matthew 2016, Can online participation on issues of asylum seeking lead to action? Understanding the intent to act, Australian journal of psychology, In Press, pp. 1-9, doi: 10.1111/ajpy.12147.

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Title Can online participation on issues of asylum seeking lead to action? Understanding the intent to act
Author(s) Mckay, FionaORCID iD for Mckay, Fiona orcid.org/0000-0002-0498-3572
Dunn, Matthew
Journal name Australian journal of psychology
Season In Press
Start page 1
End page 9
Total pages 9
Publisher Wiley
Place of publication Chichester, Eng.
Publication date 2016
ISSN 1742-9536
Keyword(s) activism
asylum seeker
quanitative
social media
survey
Summary Objective Issues of refuge and asylum are often controversial in Australia, with misinformation, fear, and emotion often used to sway public opinion. The objective of this study was to understand individuals’ willingness to advocate on asylum seeker issues. Method Using an online survey, this study investigated the attitudes, opinions, and activities of those who had signed up to a Facebook page or newsletter of an asylum seeker support organisation. Results In total, 3,978 surveys were completed; 1,688 from people who were signed up to a regular newsletter, and 2,416 people who ‘liked’ the Facebook site. Most respondents were women, from Victoria, and were educated to at least the university level. Conclusions The findings of this study indicate that the engagement of those who had ‘liked’ the Facebook page were more Internet based, suggesting that when the cost of engaging action is low, people do little more than engage in token support, a number of interpretations for this finding are presented. Organisations need to consider how to engage this group in more ‘meaningful support’.
Language eng
DOI 10.1111/ajpy.12147
Field of Research 170199 Psychology not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 920401 Behaviour and Health
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2016, Wiley
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30086289

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Health and Social Development
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