Conversation breeds compliance : The role of intergenerational communication in promoting preventive behaviors against COVID-19 among middle-aged parents in China

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Original languageEnglish
Article number10198
Journal / PublicationInternational Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Volume18
Issue number19
Online published28 Sep 2021
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2021

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This study aims to explore and compare the influences of two crucial information channels used by middle-aged parents—media and their adult children—on their health knowledge, emotions and preventive behaviors against COVID-19, based on media exposure and the family communication patterns (FCP) theory. Parents of college students in Guangzhou, China were invited to participate in an online survey between February 10 and 24, 2020. A total of 193 respondents, aged between 40 and 65 years, completed the study questionnaire. Media exposure was a positive predictor of negative emotions, intergenerational discussions, and preventive behaviors among Chinese middle-aged parents. Conversation orientation was a positive predictor of scientific discussions and preventive behaviors, whereas conformity orientation was a negative predictor of knowledge, but a positive predictor of intergenerational discussions and negative emotions. Intergenerational discussions mediated the relationships between media exposure and preventive behaviors, as well as between FCP and preventive behaviors. Health communication efforts require the help of adult children as intergenerational communication serves as an important amplifier in terms of influencing the health knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors of middle-aged and elderly populations.

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  • COVID-19, Family communication patterns, Intergenerational communication, Media exposure, Middle-aged parents, Preventive behaviors

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Conversation breeds compliance : The role of intergenerational communication in promoting preventive behaviors against COVID-19 among middle-aged parents in China. / Gong, Wanqi; Guo, Qin; Jiang, Crystal L.

In: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, Vol. 18, No. 19, 10198, 10.2021.

Research output: Journal Publications and Reviews (RGC: 21, 22, 62)21_Publication in refereed journalpeer-review

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