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COVID 19 and behaviors

Essay brief and instructions  In 2021, as the impacts of COVID-19 continue to be felt across the globe, there are a number of health behavioural problems faced by governments and institutions. In particular, there are behaviours which health psychologists can offer an important perspective:  Encouraging hand washing and hand sanitiser use Encouraging social distancing Encouraging mask wearing    The question   For ONE of the behaviours above, in the Australian context, answer the following question:   You are working for the government and designing a policy, initiative or advertising campaign to address your chosen health behaviour.   Using the models and theories introduced in Lecture Two, as well as your own research in the peer reviewed academic literature*, discuss: 1) What the main barriers to the behaviour are, and 2) How you would overcome these to encourage individuals to carry out this health behaviour. These two components should be weighted equally, with about half of the essay devoted to each. Note that the research articles you find do not specifically have to relate to COVID-19. In fact, given that this research is still in its infancy, the majority of studies you cite should be regarding theory and analogous public health situations (for example, hand hygiene to prevent disease generally, or engaging in other health protective behaviours). In your answer, consider both the strengths and weaknesses of the approach you are advocating for.   *In your essay you should only refer to peer-reviewed published or ‘In Press’ journal articles or book chapters. Please note that there are a number of ‘preprints’ currently on the internet. This is where researchers upload their articles prior to peer review. Given these have not yet been peer reviewed, they should not be cited in this essay.    Starter References The following are articles related to the essay question to help get you started. You may use these articles for your essay, however, you are not required to use all references. You are expected to source additional references to those listed here. Paschal Sheeran (2002) Intention—Behavior Relations: A Conceptual and Empirical Review, European Review of Social Psychology, 12, 1-36, DOI:10.1080/14792772143000003 Bavel, J.J.V., Baicker, K., Boggio, P.S., Capraro, V., Cichocka, A., et al. (2020). Using social and behavioural science to support COVID-19 pandemic response. Nature Human Behaviour, 4, 460–471, DOI:10.1038/s41562-020-0884-z Faasse, K., & Newby, J. M. (2020). Public perceptions of COVID-19 in Australia: perceived risk, knowledge, health-protective behaviours, and vaccine intentions. Frontiers in Psychology. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2020.551004 Bish, A., & Michie, S. (2010). Demographic and attitudinal determinants of protective behaviours during a pandemic: A review. British Journal of Health Psychology, 15, 797-824.    Format Title page including: essay title, full name, student number, tutor name, and word count 1500 words maximum (not including title page and reference list) 12pt Times New Roman font Double-spaced 2.54cm margins APA 7th Edition referencing and formatting style  Guidelines Submit an electronic copy via the iLearn Turnitin page The marking rubric used by your markers can be found in PDF format here Essays must be all your own work and fully referenced using APA 7th formatting. Plagiarism will not be tolerated. Penalties A Departmental uniform policy of 5% penalty per 100 words over the word limit (i.e., there is no penalty for 0-99 words over the limit, a 5% penalty applies to 100-199 words over the limit, a 10% penalty applies to 200-299 words over the limit, etc). A Departmental uniform policy of 5% penalty per each day late (including weekends) Penalties are deductions based on the assessments’ total marks (i.e., a 40% assessment is worth 40 marks, if you are 100 words over and incur a 5% penalty, then 2 marks will be deducted from your final grade; 40 x .05 = 2).