Preventing the spread of H1N1 influenza infection during a pandemic: Autonomy-supportive advice versus controlling instruction

King Chung Derwin CHAN, Sophie Xin YANG, Barbara MULLAN, Xiumin DU, Xin ZHANG, Nikos L.D. CHATZISARANTIS, Martin S. HAGGER

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Abstract

Wearing facemask is an effective strategy for preventing the spread of the H1N1 in enclosed public spaces. This quasi-experiment examined the effects of University professor 'autonomy support on students' motivation, social cognitive factors, and intention to wear facemasks in the lecture hall during a hypothetical H1N1 pandemic. University students (N = 705) completed self-report measures of motivation, social cognitive factors, and intention according to a hypothetical H1N1 pandemic scenario in which their professors asked them to wear facemasks in the lecture hall, using either an 'autonomy-supportive' interpersonal style or a 'controlling' style. The results showed that the manipulation of professors' autonomy support exerted a positive effect on students' perception of autonomy support, which positively predicted their self-determined motivation, social cognitive factors, and intentions to wear facemasks. In conclusion, promoting self-determined motivation using autonomy-supportive communication styles might be an effective means of fostering individuals' adaptive beliefs and motivation of H1N1 prevention. Copyright © 2014 Springer Science+Business Media New York.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)416-426
JournalJournal of Behavioral Medicine
Volume38
Issue number3
Early online dateDec 2014
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2015

Citation

Chan, D. K.-C., Yang, S. X., Mullan, B., Du, X., Zhang, X., Chatzisarantis, N. L. D., & Hagger, M. S. (2015). Preventing the spread of H1N1 influenza infection during a pandemic: Autonomy-supportive advice versus controlling instruction. Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 38(3), 416-426. doi: 10.1007/s10865-014-9616-z

Keywords

  • Pandemic
  • Self-determination theory
  • Theory of planned behavior
  • Infectious disease control
  • Hygiene

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