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Title: Older adults' perceptions of government handling of COVID-19: predictors of protective behaviors from lockdown to post-lockdown
Authors: Siew, Savannah Kiah Hui
Chia, Jonathan Louis
Mahendran, Rathi
Yu, Junhong
Keywords: Social sciences::Psychology
Issue Date: 2022
Source: Siew, S. K. H., Chia, J. L., Mahendran, R. & Yu, J. (2022). Older adults' perceptions of government handling of COVID-19: predictors of protective behaviors from lockdown to post-lockdown. PloS One, 17(2), e0263039-. https://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0263039
Journal: PloS one
Abstract: Background: Distrust, and more broadly, public perception of government’s handling of a crisis, has been a widely studied topic within health crisis research and suggests that these perceptions are significantly associated with the behavior of its citizens. Purpose: To understand which aspects of the public’s perception of government handling of the COVID-19 pandemic predicted engagement of protective behaviors among older adults, who are the most vulnerable to COVID-19. Methods: Participants were recruited from an ongoing biopsychosocial study on aging amongst community-dwelling older adults. There were two rounds of data collection, during the national lockdown and post-lockdown. The average length of follow-up was 5.88 months. N = 421 completed the first round of data collection and N = 318 subsequently completed the second round of questionnaires. Results: During the lockdown, perceptions that pandemic-related measures in place were sufficient, effective, timely, provided a sense of safety, important information was easily accessible, and government handling of the pandemic could be trusted, were found to significantly predict engagement in protective behaviors. During post-lockdown, only perceptions that measures in place were sufficient, provided a sense of safety, and important information was easily accessible, remained significant predictors. The perception that COVID-19 measures were clear and easy to understand now became a significant predictor. Conclusions: Public perceptions of government handling of the pandemic predicted engagement in protective behaviors but were less important during post-lockdown. To effectively engage older adults in protective behavior, our findings suggest for pandemic-related information to be accessible, introducing timely safety measures, and having easy-to-understand instructions for nuanced measures.
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/10356/163097
ISSN: 1932-6203
DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0263039
Rights: © 2022 Kiah Hui Siew et al. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
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