publication . Article . 2021

The Importance of Understanding COVID-19: The Role of Knowledge in Promoting Adherence to Protective Behaviors.

Miller, Lisa M. Soederberg; Gee, Perry M.; Katz, Rachael A.;
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  • Published: 06 Apr 2021
  • Publisher: eScholarship, University of California
  • Country: United States
Abstract
<jats:p><jats:bold>Background:</jats:bold> Past research suggests that knowledge supports- but strong illness expectations thwart- adoption of protective behaviors (e.g., handwashing). Strong illness expectations may place COVID-19 essential workers at risk. It is unclear, however, whether knowledge can moderate the negative effects of pessimistic illness expectations on protective behaviors. We test COVID-19 knowledge as a moderator of the effects of (1) pessimistic illness expectations and (2) essential worker status on adherence to protective behaviors.</jats:p><jats:p><jats:bold>Methods:</jats:bold> Participants (<jats:italic>n</jats:italic> = 350) completed...
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free text keywords: Humans, Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice, Health Behavior, Communicable Disease Control, Adult, Aged, Middle Aged, Guideline Adherence, Female, Male, Young Adult, Hand Disinfection, COVID-19, essential workers, pessimistic illness expectations, prior knowledge, protective behavior, Public Health and Health Services, COVID-19, protective behavior, prior knowledge, essential workers, pessimistic illness expectations, Public Health, Original Research, Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health, lcsh:Public aspects of medicine, lcsh:RA1-1270
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