Special Issue "Population Behavior during COVID-19"
A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601). This special issue belongs to the section "Health Behavior, Chronic Disease and Health Promotion".
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2021.
2. Faculty of Health Sciences, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Beersheba 8410501, Israel
Interests: crisis management; crisis leadership; active bystanders; disaster medicine; disaster management; terrorism
Interests: population behavior during emergencies; disaster management; crisis management; operational continuity
COVID-19 has had unprecendented effects on global and local systems. Management of the pandemic has been based on finding a fragile balance between controlling outbreaks in order to minimize potential risks caused by overwhelmed healthcare systems while maintaining the economy. Achievement of this balance heavily depends on the behavior of the population regarding their adherence to infection-prevention instructions (keeping physical distance, using face masks, and hygiene practices), compliance with stay-at home orders, management of psychological stress, social inclusion of minorities, and consumption of health services. Citizens' behavior during the pandemic is rooted in personal characteristics such as age, gender, socioeconomic status, being in a group at risk group for COVID-19, inclusion in a minority group, and education level. However, individual factors, both psychological and behavioral, such as risk perceptions, lifestyle, rituals, adaptivity, mental resilience, and emotional regulation, as well as social and cultural factors, such as community characteristics and the level of resilience, traditions and beliefs, and leadership, might also have significant effects. Papers addressing the behavioral aspects of population behavior in response to COVID-19 in terms of both challenges and opportunities in pandemic management are of interest for this Special Issue. Our focus will be on high quality research or theory-based papers as well those detailing with practical orientation and experience in individuals, communities, and nations in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Prof. Dr. Isaac Ashkenazi
Dr. Carmit Rapaport
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- adaptive behavior
- crisis communication