Mindsponge-based investigation into the non-linear effects of threat perception and trust on recycled water acceptance in Galicia and Murcia, Spain

Authors

  • Minh-Hoang Nguyen
  • Thi-Phuong Nguyen
  • Hong-Son Nguyen
  • Viet-Phuong La
  • Tam-Tri Le*
  • Phuong-Loan Nguyen
  • Minh-Hieu Thi Nguyen
  • Quan-Hoang Vuong

Abstract

The water scarcity crisis is becoming more severe across the globe and recycled water has been suggested as a feasible solution to the crisis. However, expanding the use of potable and recycled public water has been hindered by public acceptance. Previous studies suggest threat perception and trust of provided information have positive linear relationships with recycled water acceptance. However, given the complex filtering role of trust in the human mental process, we argue that the effects of threat perception and trust may have non-linear relationships with acceptance of recycled water for drinking. To support and validate this argument, we employed Bayesian Mindsponge Framework analytics on 726 Spanish residents. We found that individuals more concerned about water shortage are less likely to accept using recycled water for drinking if their trust in the water quality and safety is low. Meanwhile, people more concerned about water shortage are more likely to accept using recycled water for drinking if they trust the water quality and safety. The findings suggest the non-linear relationships between threat perception, trust, and recycled water acceptance while validating mindsponge-based reasoning. Moreover, the results also highlight the importance of trust in influencing the mental process’s outcome: recycled water acceptance.

Keywords:

non-linear relationship, recycled water acceptance, Spain, threat perception, trust

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.31276/VMOSTJOSSH.65(1).03-10

Classification number

1.4, 7

Author Biographies

Minh-Hoang Nguyen

Centre for Interdisciplinary Social Research, Phenikaa University, Yen Nghia Ward, Ha Dong District, Hanoi, Vietnam; Graduate School of Asia Pacific Studies, Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University, Beppu, Oita 874-8577, Japan

Thi-Phuong Nguyen

Centre for Crop Systems Analysis, Wageningen University, P.O. Box 430, 6700 AK Wageningen, The Netherlands

Hong-Son Nguyen

Office of CPV Central Committee, 1A Hung Vuong, Quan Thanh Ward, Ba Dinh District, Hanoi, Vietnam

Viet-Phuong La

Centre for Interdisciplinary Social Research, Phenikaa University, Yen Nghia Ward, Ha Dong District, Hanoi, Vietnam; A.I. for Social Data Lab(AISDL), Vuong & Associates, 3/161 Thinh Quang, Thinh Quang Ward, Dong Da District, Hanoi, Vietnam

Tam-Tri Le

Centre for Interdisciplinary Social Research, Phenikaa University, Yen Nghia Ward, Ha Dong District, Hanoi, Vietnam; A.I. for Social Data Lab (AISDL), Vuong & Associates, 3/161 Thinh Quang, Thinh Quang Ward, Dong Da District, Hanoi, Vietnam

Phuong-Loan Nguyen

Spanish Department, Hanoi University, Km 9, Nguyen Trai Street, Trung Van Ward, Nam Tu Liem District, Hanoi, Vietnam

Minh-Hieu Thi Nguyen

School of Psychology, Massey University, Auckland 0745, New Zealand; Faculty of Management and Tourism, Hanoi University, Km 9, Nguyen Trai Street, Trung Van Ward, Nam Tu Liem District, Hanoi, Vietnam

Quan-Hoang Vuong

Centre for Interdisciplinary Social Research, Phenikaa University, Yen Nghia Ward, Ha Dong District, Hanoi, Vietnam; A.I. for Social Data Lab (AISDL), Vuong & Associates, 3/161 Thinh Quang, Thinh Quang Ward, Dong Da District, Hanoi, Vietnam

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Published

2023-04-20

Received 14 November 2022; revised 20 January 2023; accepted 10 February 2023

How to Cite

Minh-Hoang Nguyen, Thi-Phuong Nguyen, Hong-Son Nguyen, Viet-Phuong La, Tam-Tri Le, Phuong-Loan Nguyen, Minh-Hieu Thi Nguyen, & Quan-Hoang Vuong. (2023). Mindsponge-based investigation into the non-linear effects of threat perception and trust on recycled water acceptance in Galicia and Murcia, Spain. The VMOST Journal of Social Sciences and Humanities, 65(1), 3-10. https://doi.org/10.31276/VMOSTJOSSH.65(1).03-10

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Section

Psychology