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Collegiate COVID-19 Compliance

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Donna Ettel-Gambino (Judy Genshaft Honors College)

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COVID-19 is a pandemic plaguing almost all parts of the world. Students’ knowledge of and compliance with COVID-19 guidelines may impact their behavior. Limited research has suggested that compliance may be more effectively raised by having public health messages emphasize potential health threats. This project examines Judy Genshaft Honors students’ compliance with mask wearing, intent to vaccinate, whether CDC was the preferred information source regarding COVID-19, and participation in airplane travel. The population consisted of students who are enrolled in the Judy Genshaft Honors College at the University of South Florida. A quantitative causal comparative approach was utilized. Initially, a MANOVA was conducted to identify significant trends across groups. The independent variable was the participants’ political affiliation. The dependent variables were the participants responses to the survey questions regarding compliance with mask wearing, intent to vaccinate, whether CDC was the preferred information source regarding COVID-19, and participation in airplane travel.The results showed for respondents that 100% wear their mask, 85.71% intend to get the vaccine, 90.48% primarily use the CDC for COVID-19 information, and 31.75% have travelled via airplane within the last three months. Results illustrated for intent to vaccinate that 50% of conservatives, 100% of liberals, 72.73% of moderates, and 80% of those who preferred not to answer intended to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Furthermore, results for the CDC as preferred primary resource indicated that 100% of conservatives/liberals, 77.28% of moderates, and 80% of those who preferred not to answer use the CDC as their preferred COVID-19 resource.

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Collegiate COVID-19 Compliance

COVID-19 is a pandemic plaguing almost all parts of the world. Students’ knowledge of and compliance with COVID-19 guidelines may impact their behavior. Limited research has suggested that compliance may be more effectively raised by having public health messages emphasize potential health threats. This project examines Judy Genshaft Honors students’ compliance with mask wearing, intent to vaccinate, whether CDC was the preferred information source regarding COVID-19, and participation in airplane travel. The population consisted of students who are enrolled in the Judy Genshaft Honors College at the University of South Florida. A quantitative causal comparative approach was utilized. Initially, a MANOVA was conducted to identify significant trends across groups. The independent variable was the participants’ political affiliation. The dependent variables were the participants responses to the survey questions regarding compliance with mask wearing, intent to vaccinate, whether CDC was the preferred information source regarding COVID-19, and participation in airplane travel.The results showed for respondents that 100% wear their mask, 85.71% intend to get the vaccine, 90.48% primarily use the CDC for COVID-19 information, and 31.75% have travelled via airplane within the last three months. Results illustrated for intent to vaccinate that 50% of conservatives, 100% of liberals, 72.73% of moderates, and 80% of those who preferred not to answer intended to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Furthermore, results for the CDC as preferred primary resource indicated that 100% of conservatives/liberals, 77.28% of moderates, and 80% of those who preferred not to answer use the CDC as their preferred COVID-19 resource.