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Publication type: Article in scientific journal
Type of review: Peer review (publication)
Title: Students’ experience and adherence to containment measures during COVID-19 in Switzerland
Authors: Zysset, Annina
Schlatter, Nadine
von Wyl, Agnes
Huber, Marion
Volken, Thomas
Dratva, Julia
et. al: No
DOI: 10.1093/heapro/daab019
Published in: Health Promotion International
Issue Date: 7-Mar-2021
Publisher / Ed. Institution: Oxford University Press
ISSN: 0957-4824
Language: English
Subjects: Adherence; Gender; COVID-19; Students; Public health; Emerging adulthood
Subject (DDC): 305: Groups (age, origine, gender, income)
614: Public health and prevention of disease
Abstract: Background: Young adults are not considered a risk group, but the public health response to COVID-19 impacts all citizens. We investigated the impact on young adults’ and their adherence to containment measures addressing potential gender differences. Methods: In April 2020 12 341 students of the Zurich University of Applied Sciences were invited to a longitudinal health survey. Survey topics spanned socio-demographic data, students’ health status and behavior, COVID-19 specific impact, concerns, information sources, adherence to containment measures, and trust in government bodies. Group comparisons by gender and multivariate ordinal regression models assessing adherence to restrictions of mobility and social contacts were conducted (n = 2373). Results: Mean age was 26.4 (SD = 5.6), 70% were female. 43.5% reported some concern about their own health, 2.7% stated major worries. Women experienced more conflicts (p < 0.000) and, enjoyed time with the family more (p < 0.000). Men felt less locked up (p = 0.001). The most frequented COVID-19 information source was public media (48%) and confidence in government bodies was high (82%) for both genders. Men yielded lower adjusted odds (OR; 95%-CI) of adherence regarding the following measures: social distancing (0.68; 0.53–0.87), non-utilization of public transport (0.74; 0.56–0.97), 5-person limit for social gatherings (0.47; 0.35–0.64) and the stay at home rule (0.64; 0.51–0.82). Conclusion: Early in the pandemic a high degree of adherence was observed in this young academic population. Containment measures restricting movement and social contact yielded considerable differences by gender, information source and perceived susceptibility to the virus. More targeted communication may increase adherence regarding mobility restrictions.
Fulltext version: Accepted version
License (according to publishing contract): Licence according to publishing contract
Restricted until: 2022-03-08
Departement: School of Health Sciences
Applied Psychology
Organisational Unit: Institute of Public Health (IPH)
Psychological Institute (PI)
Published as part of the ZHAW project: Gesundheit von Studierenden in Zeiten der Corona-Pandemie
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