A1 Journal article (refereed)
Protecting children from COVID-19 : examining U.S. parents motivation and behaviour using an integrated model of self-determination theory and the theory of planned behaviour (2022)


Wan, A. W. L., Hagger, M. S., Zhang, C.-Q., Chung, J. S. K., Lee, K., Bautista, A., & Chan, D. K. C. (2022). Protecting children from COVID-19 : examining U.S. parents motivation and behaviour using an integrated model of self-determination theory and the theory of planned behaviour. Psychology and health, Early online. https://doi.org/10.1080/08870446.2022.2111681


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Publication details

All authors or editors: Wan, Alison W. L.; Hagger, Martin S.; Zhang, Chun-Qing; Chung, Joan S. K.; Lee, Kerry; Bautista, Alfredo; Chan, Derwin K. C.

Journal or series: Psychology and health

ISSN: 0887-0446

eISSN: 1476-8321

Publication year: 2022

Publication date: 17/08/2022

Volume: Early online

Publisher: Informa UK Limited

Publication country: United Kingdom

Publication language: English

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/08870446.2022.2111681

Publication open access: Not open

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Abstract

Objectives
This longitudinal study applied the integrated model of self-determination theory (SDT) and the theory of planned behaviour (TPB) to explain COVID-19 preventive behaviours among parents of young children in the United States.
Design
The study adopted a two-wave longitudinal study design. Parents (N = 681) completed self-report questionnaires related to measures of SDT and the TPB constructs and behavioural adherence at baseline and after one month. We used standardised residual change scores to test the structural relationships of the integrated model.
Results
The parameter estimates of the model (CFI > .96, TLI > .86, RMSEA = .05, SRMR = .03) fit acceptably well to the data. Psychological need support was positively and significantly linked to autonomous and controlled motivation and amotivation. Autonomous motivation was positively and significantly correlated with TPB factors, and intention. Intention was a significant and positive predictor of behavioural adherence.
Conclusion
The integrated model of SDT and the TPB appeared to be applicable to the explanation of COVID-19 prevention among the U.S. parents. Longitudinal data showed that a psychological need supportive social environment was related to favourable motivation, social cognition beliefs, intention and behavioural adherence to the preventive behaviours of parents protecting their young children from COVID-19.


Keywords: COVID-19; pandemics; parents; children (family members); motivation (mental objects); behaviour; committing oneself; autonomy (cognition); motivational psychology; behavioural psychology; health education

Free keywords: self-determination theory; theory of planned behaviour; COVID-19; pandemic; parent and children; health education; behavioural adherence


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Reporting Year: 2022

Preliminary JUFO rating: 2


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