Cognitive reasoning, risk targets and behavioral responses to COVID-19 outbreaks among Wuhan residents during lockdown

Zongya Li, Ran Wei*, Ven Hwei Lo, Mingxin Zhang, Yicheng Zhu

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Abstract

How did residents in Wuhan, who were at the epicenter of the initial COVID-19 outbreaks in China evaluate the risk to themselves and to society at large, and take action accordingly? This study examines the need for orientation, cognitive reasoning of COVID-19 news, and perceived risk, which all contributed to protective action during the city’s total lockdown. Using data collected in a mobile CATI survey during the peak of the outbreaks in February 2020, findings show that the attention to COVID-19 in digital media predicted the perception of the coronavirus pandemic as a personal risk. In addition, the need for orientation and elaboration of news about the outbreaks were positively associated with perceived risk target – personal and societal. Finally, perceived personal risk proved a stronger predictor than perceived risk to society in general for taking protective behavior.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)355-372
Number of pages18
JournalAsian Journal of Communication
Volume31
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 3 Sept 2021

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Education
  • Communication

User-Defined Keywords

  • city lockdown
  • cognitive reasoning
  • protection
  • Risk perception
  • risk target

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