Social distancing behaviors are being recommended in effort to reduce the spread of COVID-19 disease. Understanding students’ social distancing behaviors is important for decision makers of universities when developing COVID-19 response plans as there is limited research. The current research explored factors which predict following of recommended social distancing guidelines by students, specifically leisure boredom and perceived stress. An online survey containing social distancing items as well as leisure boredom and perceived stress instruments was sent to a randomized sample of students from a large southeastern university in which 247 participant surveys were completed and deemed usable. Hierarchical multiple linear regression analyses were performed on dependent social distancing variables, where significantly associated covariates were controlled to explore if leisure boredom and perceived stress were significant predictors of following social distancing (α = .05). Neither leisure boredom or perceived stress were found to be significant predictors of any social distancing behaviors. However, various student covariates were shown to significantly predict following recommended social distancing behaviors. Future research should further investigate these predictors to validate these findings in efforts to provide guidance to university decision makers on COVID-19 response efforts.
|Commitee:||Bass, Martha, Beason, Kim, Carithers, Teresa|
|School:||The University of Mississippi|
|Department:||Health and Kinesiology|
|School Location:||United States -- Mississippi|
|Source:||DAI-B 82/4(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Social psychology, Behavioral psychology|
|Keywords:||Leisure boredom, Perceived stress, Social distancing|
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