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The four weeks before lockdown during the COVID-19 pandemic in Germany: A weekly serial cross-sectional survey on risk perceptions, knowledge, public trust and behaviour, 3 to 25 March 2020

Betsch, C.; Korn, L.; Burgard, T.; Gaissmaier, W.; Felgendreff, L.; Eitze, S.; Sprengholz, P.; Böhm, R.; Stollorz, V.; Ramharter, M.; Promies, Nikolai; Bock, F. de; Schmid, P.; Renner, B.; Wieler, L. H.; Bosnjak, M.


Background: During the COVID-19 pandemic, public perceptions and behaviours have had to adapt rapidly to new risk scenarios and radical behavioural restrictions. Aim: To identify major drivers of acceptance of protective behaviours during the 4-week transition from virtually no COVID-19 cases to the nationwide lockdown in Germany (3–25 March 2020). Methods: A serial cross-sectional online survey was administered weekly to ca 1,000 unique individuals for four data collection rounds in March 2020 using non-probability quota samples, representative of the German adult population between 18 and 74 years in terms of age × sex and federal state (n = 3,910). Acceptance of restrictions was regressed on sociodemographic variables, time and psychological variables, e.g. trust, risk perceptions, self-efficacy. Extraction of homogenous clusters was based on knowledge and behaviour. Results: Acceptance of restrictive policies increased with participants’ age and employment in the healthcare sector; cognitive and particularly affective risk perceptions were further significant predictors. Acceptance increased over time, as trust in institutions became more relevant and trust in media became less relevant. ... mehr

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DOI: 10.5445/IR/1000140530
Veröffentlicht am 09.12.2021
DOI: 10.2807/1560-7917.ES.2021.26.42.2001900
Web of Science
Zitationen: 2
Zitationen: 8
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Zugehörige Institution(en) am KIT Institut für Technikzukünfte (ITZ)
Publikationstyp Zeitschriftenaufsatz
Publikationsdatum 21.10.2021
Sprache Englisch
Identifikator ISSN: 1025-496X, 1560-7917
KITopen-ID: 1000140530
Erschienen in Eurosurveillance
Verlag European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control
Band 26
Heft 43
Seiten Art.-Nr.: 2100978
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