Trust in Institutions and the COVID-19 Threat: A Cross-Sectional Study on the Public Perception of Official Recommendations and of Othering in Switzerland.

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serval:BIB_2818D328F248
Type
Article: article from journal or magazin.
Collection
Publications
Institution
Title
Trust in Institutions and the COVID-19 Threat: A Cross-Sectional Study on the Public Perception of Official Recommendations and of Othering in Switzerland.
Journal
International journal of public health
Author(s)
Gilles I., Le Pogam M.A., Perriraz M., Bangerter A., Green EGT, Staerklé C., Krings F., Wagner-Egger P., Peytremann-Bridevaux I.
ISSN
1661-8564 (Electronic)
ISSN-L
1661-8556
Publication state
Published
Issued date
2021
Peer-reviewed
Oui
Volume
66
Pages
1604223
Language
english
Notes
Publication types: Journal Article
Publication Status: epublish
Abstract
Objectives: To explore how perceived disease threat and trust in institutions relate to vaccination intent, perceived effectiveness of official recommendations, and to othering strategies. Methods: We conducted a cross-sectional survey of Swiss adults in July 2020. Outcome variables were vaccination intent, perceived effectiveness of official recommendations and othering strategies (labelling a given social group as responsible for the disease and distancing from it). Independent variables were perceived disease threat, trust in various institutions, perceived health-related measures, and sociodemographic variables. Linear and logistic regressions were performed. Results: The response rate was 20.2% (1518/7500). Perceived disease threat and trust in medical/scientific institutions were positively associated with vaccination intent and perceived effectiveness of official recommendations for coronavirus mitigation measures. Only disease threat was associated with a perception of effectiveness among othering strategies. Age and education levels were associated with vaccination intent. Conclusion: Reinforcing trust in medical/scientific institutions can help strengthen the perceived effectiveness of official recommendations and vaccination. It however does not prevent adherence to ineffective protecting measures such as othering strategies, where decreasing perceptions of epidemic threat appears to be more efficient.
Keywords
Adult, COVID-19, Cross-Sectional Studies, Humans, Public Opinion, SARS-CoV-2, Switzerland, Trust, disease threat, official recommendations, othering, trust in institutions, vaccination intent
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Open Access
Yes
Create date
11/01/2022 9:16
Last modification date
09/02/2022 7:32
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