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Step In, Step Out from the First Lockdown: An Exploration of COVID-19 Perceptions in France and Quebec

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Department of Psychology, Université Rennes 2, LP3C-EA 1285, F-35000 Rennes, France
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Institut Universitaire de Première Ligne en Santé et Services Sociaux (IUPLSSS) du CIUSSS de l’Estrie-CHUS, Sherbrooke, QC J1H 4C4, Canada
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École Nationale d’Administration Publique (ENAP), Montreal, QC H2T 3E5, Canada
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Centre d’Études et d’Expertise sur les Risques, l’Environnement, la Mobilité et l’Aménagement, F-22000 Saint-Brieuc, France
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Academic Editor: Nicola Petrosillo
Infect. Dis. Rep. 2021, 13(4), 965-977; https://doi.org/10.3390/idr13040089
Received: 29 September 2021 / Revised: 12 November 2021 / Accepted: 16 November 2021 / Published: 22 November 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Feature Papers in Infectious Diseases)
Objective. The objective of this research was to describe and analyze the role of psychological and behavioral factors on perceptions of COVID-19 in France and Quebec at three different times during the pandemic. Design. We conducted three qualitative and quantitative studies (Study 1 N = 255, Study 2 N = 230, Study 3 N = 143). Participants were asked to evaluate psychological and behavioral measures: at the beginning of lockdown (Study 1), during lockdown (Study 2), and during lockdown exit (Study 3). Results. Results of Study 1 show that perceptions of COVID-19 are organized around fear and a sense of threat. During the lockdown, participants mentioned for the first time the health practices to prevent the spread of COVID-19 (Study 2). Psychological and social impacts constitute a central theme in participants’ discourse (Study 2 and 3). Conclusions. The results show that perceptions of risk during a pandemic are socially constructed. Perceptions seem to be influenced by the political and health management of a territory and by the evolution of behavioral and psychological responses. View Full-Text
Keywords: COVID-19; perceptions; cross-cultural study; preventive health behaviors COVID-19; perceptions; cross-cultural study; preventive health behaviors
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David, J.-C.; Nadarajah, K.; Niang, A.; Delouvée, S.; Goyette, M.; Bordel, S.; Somat, A. Step In, Step Out from the First Lockdown: An Exploration of COVID-19 Perceptions in France and Quebec. Infect. Dis. Rep. 2021, 13, 965-977. https://doi.org/10.3390/idr13040089

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David J-C, Nadarajah K, Niang A, Delouvée S, Goyette M, Bordel S, Somat A. Step In, Step Out from the First Lockdown: An Exploration of COVID-19 Perceptions in France and Quebec. Infectious Disease Reports. 2021; 13(4):965-977. https://doi.org/10.3390/idr13040089

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David, Jean-Charles, Kévin Nadarajah, Anta Niang, Sylvain Delouvée, Martin Goyette, Stéphanie Bordel, and Alain Somat. 2021. "Step In, Step Out from the First Lockdown: An Exploration of COVID-19 Perceptions in France and Quebec" Infectious Disease Reports 13, no. 4: 965-977. https://doi.org/10.3390/idr13040089

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