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Determinants of Behavioral Changes Since COVID-19 among Middle School Students

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Department of Social Welfare, Inha University, Incheon 22212, Korea
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School of Social Work, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48823, USA
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School of Education, Korea University, Seoul 02841, Korea
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Integrative Arts Therapy, Dongduk Women’s University, Seoul 02748, Korea
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Healthcare 2021, 9(1), 75; https://doi.org/10.3390/healthcare9010075
Received: 22 December 2020 / Revised: 6 January 2021 / Accepted: 12 January 2021 / Published: 14 January 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue COVID-19: Impact on Public Health and Healthcare)
Middle school students are of particular interest when examining the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic because they are in a formative period for socioemotional development, and because they are not as mature as adults, making them more vulnerable to the effects of the current pandemic. This study seeks to examine determinants of protective behavior changes since COVID-19 among middle school students. Participants were recruited through an official online flatform used by public schools. The final sample included 328 middle school students in South Korea. A multiple linear regression was conducted to explore what factors influence protective behavior changes since COVID-19. Gender and health status were associated with protective behavior changes since COVID-19. Family satisfaction was positively associated with protective behavior changes. Levels of sanitation since COVID-19 and perceptions regarding the risk of COVID-19 were significantly related to protective behavior changes. This study suggests to consider three factors–individual, family, and environmental—in order to prevent middle school students from contracting and spreading the virus. View Full-Text
Keywords: COVID-19; protective behavior changes; individual; family; environmental factor COVID-19; protective behavior changes; individual; family; environmental factor
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Lee, J.; Allen, J.; Lim, H.; Choi, G. Determinants of Behavioral Changes Since COVID-19 among Middle School Students. Healthcare 2021, 9, 75. https://doi.org/10.3390/healthcare9010075

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