Government Trust and Motivational Factors on Health Protective Behaviors to Prevent COVID-19 Among Young Adults

Nicolás Bronfman, Paula Repetto, Pamela Cisternas, Javiera Castañeda, Paola Cordón

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Abstract

Objective: The purpose of this study was to determine the influence of government trust on young adults’ adoption of health behaviors to prevent infection with the SARS-CoV-2 virus. Method: We tested the hypothesis that government trust would directly and indirectly (through worry/fear and subjective norms) influence the adoption of health-protective behaviors. A sample of 1,136 university students completed a web survey after Chile’s first wave of infections. Results: The results indicate that low government trust only indirectly (through subjective norms) influenced health-protective behaviors. Conversely, worry/fear was the primary motivating factor for adopting health-protective behaviors in young adults, followed by subjective norms. Conclusion: In scenarios where people perceive low government trust, emotions and social norms are the motivational factors with the most significant predictive power on the adoption of health-protective behaviors.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1604290
JournalInternational Journal of Public Health
Volume67
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 13 Apr 2022

Keywords

  • COVID–19
  • government trust
  • protective behaviors
  • subjective norms
  • worry

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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