COVID-19 preventive behaviours in White British and Black, Asian and Minorty Ethnic (BAME) people in the UK

Glynis M. Breakwell, Emanuele Fino, Rusi Jaspal

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A model of the effects of ethnicity, political trust, trust in science, perceived ingroup power, COVID-19 risk and fear of COVID-19 upon likelihood of COVID-19 preventive behaviour (CPB) is presented. The structural equation model was a good fit for survey data from 478 White British and Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) people. Ethnicity had a direct effect on CPB (BAME reported higher CPB) and an indirect effect on it through political trust, ingroup power, COVID-19 risk and trust in science. Ethnicity was not significantly related to COVID-19 fear. COVID-19 fear and trust in science were positively associated with CPB.

Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Health Psychology
Early online date15 May 2021
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 15 May 2021


  • COVID-19 prevention
  • COVID-19 risk
  • ethnicity
  • ingroup power
  • trust in science

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Psychology

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