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dc.creatorCao W.
dc.creatorYang Q.
dc.creatorZhang X.
dc.date.accessioned2023-10-19T20:46:57Z
dc.date.available2023-10-19T20:46:57Z
dc.date.issued2023
dc.identifier.urihttps://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph20054041
dc.identifier.urihttps://repository.tcu.edu/handle/116099117/61218
dc.description.abstractBackground: Few existing studies have examined information processing as an independent variable to predict subsequent information behaviors in a pandemic context, and the mechanism of subsequent information behavior processing following the initial or prior information behavior is unclear. Objective: Our study aims to apply the risk information seeking and processing model to explain the mechanism of subsequent systematic information processing in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. Methods: A three-wave longitudinal online national survey was administered during the period of July 2020 to September 2020. Path analysis was conducted to test the relationships between prior and subsequent systematic information processing and protective behaviors. Results: One important finding was the key role of prior systematic information processing, as indirect hazard experience was found to be a direct predictor of risk perception (? = 0.15, p = 0.004) and an indirect predictor of protective behaviors. Another important finding was the central role of information insufficiency as a mediator/driving force in subsequent systematic information processing and protective behavior. Conclusions: The study has made important contributions in that it extends the scholarship on health information behaviors by (a) highlighting that relevant hazard experience in risk information seeking and processing model should be expanded to include indirect experience, and (b) providing the mechanism of subsequent systematic information processing following prior information processing. Our study also provides practical implications on health/risk communication and protective behaviors' promotion in the pandemic context. ¿ 2023 by the authors.
dc.languageen
dc.publisherMDPI
dc.sourceInternational Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
dc.subjectpandemic
dc.subjectprotective behaviors
dc.subjectrisk information seeking and processing model
dc.subjectsystematic information processing
dc.titleUnderstanding Information Processing and Protective Behaviors during the Pandemic: A Three-Wave Longitudinal Study
dc.typeArticle
dc.rights.licenseCC BY 4.0
local.collegeBob Schieffer College of Communication
local.departmentCommunication Studies
local.personsYang (COMM)


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