An Application of the Risk Information Seeking and Processing Model in Understanding College Students’ COVID-19 Vaccination Information Seeking and Behavior

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Abstract

This study tested the utility of risk information seeking and processing (RISP) model in understanding college students’ information seeking about COVID-19 vaccines and their vaccination behavior. Participants (N = 158) completed a survey measuring the RISP constructs at Time 1 and their COVID-19 vaccination behavior at Time 2. The RISP model explained 71.1% of the variance in COVID-19 vaccine information seeking. Risk information seeking and attitude toward the COVID-19 vaccine positively influenced college students’ intentions to get the vaccine, which positively predicted their vaccination behavior. Overall, these variables explained 33.4% of the variance in COVID-19 vaccine intention, and 37.2% of the variance in COVID-19 vaccination behavior.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)446-474
Number of pages29
JournalScience Communication
Volume44
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 2022

Keywords

  • COVID-19 vaccine
  • future behavior
  • risk information seeking and processing (RISP) model

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science

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