Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://doi.org/10.1080/10810730.2023.2197403
Title: Understanding Australian Government Risk Communication Early in the COVID-19 Pandemic: Sociodemographics, Risk Attitudes and Media Consumption.
Authors: Shou, Yiyun 
Farrer, Louise M
Gulliver, Amelia
Newman, Eryn
Batterham, Philip J
Smithson, Michael
Issue Date: 6-Apr-2023
Citation: Shou, Yiyun, Farrer, Louise M, Gulliver, Amelia, Newman, Eryn, Batterham, Philip J, Smithson, Michael (2023-04-06). Understanding Australian Government Risk Communication Early in the COVID-19 Pandemic: Sociodemographics, Risk Attitudes and Media Consumption.. J Health Commun : 1-Oct. ScholarBank@NUS Repository. https://doi.org/10.1080/10810730.2023.2197403
Abstract: Effective risk communication is essential for government and health authorities to effectively manage public health during the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. Understanding the factors that influence people's perceptions of crisis-related risk messages is critical to identify gaps and inequalities in population risk communication. Using a longitudinal survey of a representative adult sample, we examined risk communication about COVID-19 during April-June 2020 in Australia across sociodemographic groups especially the at-risk groups, accounting for and exploring the effects of risk attitudes and media engagement. Our findings showed that individuals who were younger, more left-wing, more risk-tolerant, and had a current or a history of mental disorders perceived risk communication of the Australian Government to be lower quality. On the other hand, greater consumption of information from televisions was found to be associated with more positive attitudes toward government risk communication. Our results also revealed the importance of effective and high-quality risk communication in gaining the public endorsement of various public health directions. We discuss the implications of results in terms of the development of effective public communications that lead to health-protective behaviors and effectively scaffold public understanding of risk.
Source Title: J Health Commun
URI: https://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/238813
ISSN: 10810730
10870415
DOI: 10.1080/10810730.2023.2197403
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