Perceptions of Individuals on The Concepts of Radiation and Radioactivity

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Gümrükçüoğlu N., Uzun Duran S., Sarimehmet D.

Future Visions Journal, vol.4, no.2, pp.16-22, 2020 (Peer-Reviewed Journal)

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 4 Issue: 2
  • Publication Date: 2020
  • Journal Name: Future Visions Journal
  • Page Numbers: pp.16-22
  • Karadeniz Technical University Affiliated: Yes


Radiation can be defined as energy that is both naturally occurring and used in scientific, medical and industrial wide perspectives. While it can provide many benefits with proper use, it can cause irreversible damage if necessary precautions are not taken. The biggest concern with radiation in societies is the possibility that in people exposed to radiation, cancer and inherited diseases will occur in future generations. The aim of this study is to examine the perceptions of individuals about radiation and radioactivity concepts. The study group consists of 134 individuals selected by systematic sampling method. An open-ended questionnaire form was used to collect data. At the end of the research, the data were analyzed by using frequency analysis, percentage analysis and descriptive analysis. Although there are factors such as the type, dose, distance from the source of radiation and duration of action to effect the radiation to affect human health and to create a lasting effect, the majority of the people who participated in the study regardless of these factors, it is seen that all kinds of radiation will cause disability, mental retardation in humans and will affect children to be born.