Title

Conceptualization of College Students' COVID-19 Related Mask-Wearing Behaviors Using the Multi-Theory Model of Health Behavior Change

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

5-19-2021

Publication Title

Health Promotion Perspectives

Volume

11

Issue

2

First page number:

194

Last page number:

201

Abstract

Background: Recommendations and policies, regarding the use of face coverings, have been instituted to control transmission of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Understanding of psychosocial factors related to the use of face coverings within the context of COVID-19 is needed. This study aimed to conceptualize mask-wearing behavior among students using the Multi-theory Model (MTM) of behavior change. Methods: In October 2020, students (n = 595) enrolled in a large public southeastern US university were recruited to participate in a cross-sectional survey, using a valid and reliable instrument. Univariate, bivariate, and multivariate techniques described mask-wearing behavior and differentiated theoretical drivers of mask-wearing between individuals compliant and noncompliant with guidelines. Results: Compliant individuals reported significantly higher scores... (See full abstract in article).

Keywords

COVID-19; Face mask guidelines; Policy; Social environment; University

Disciplines

Community Health and Preventive Medicine

Language

English

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