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Factors Influencing the Adoption of COVID-19 Preventive Behaviors in Chile

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Engineering Sciences Department, Universidad Andres Bello, Santiago 7500973, Chile
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Research Center for Integrated Disaster Risk Management ANID/FONDAP/15110017, Santiago 7820436, Chile
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Department of Psychology, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Santiago 7820436, Chile
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Industrial and Systems Engineering Department, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Santiago 7820436, Chile
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Sustainability 2021, 13(10), 5331; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/su13105331
Received: 12 March 2021 / Revised: 6 May 2021 / Accepted: 7 May 2021 / Published: 11 May 2021
The COVID-19 pandemic forced people worldwide to implement a series of preventive hygiene and distancing measures that have significantly altered their way of life. This study examined an adapted version of the Theory of Planned Behavior (TPB) on adopting preventive behavior against COVID-19. Data was collected using a web survey completed by 1004 college students a few weeks after the first wave of infections in Chile. Our findings show that the subjective norm was the strongest predictor of adopting preventive behaviors, followed by the knowledge level and perceived behavioral control. Contrary to expectations, we found no evidence that an attitude towards preventive action predicted actual adoption of preventive behavior against COVID-19. However, knowledge and social norms play a significant role. We discuss implications for effective risk communication. View Full-Text
Keywords: preventive behaviors; theory of planned behavior; subjective norms; COVID-19 preventive behaviors; theory of planned behavior; subjective norms; COVID-19
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Bronfman, N.C.; Repetto, P.B.; Cisternas, P.C.; Castañeda, J.V. Factors Influencing the Adoption of COVID-19 Preventive Behaviors in Chile. Sustainability 2021, 13, 5331. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/su13105331

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Bronfman NC, Repetto PB, Cisternas PC, Castañeda JV. Factors Influencing the Adoption of COVID-19 Preventive Behaviors in Chile. Sustainability. 2021; 13(10):5331. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/su13105331

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Bronfman, Nicolás C., Paula B. Repetto, Pamela C. Cisternas, and Javiera V. Castañeda 2021. "Factors Influencing the Adoption of COVID-19 Preventive Behaviors in Chile" Sustainability 13, no. 10: 5331. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/su13105331

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