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Université de Neuchâtel

Lay perceptions of collectives at the outbreak of the H1N1 epidemic: heroes, villains and victims

Wagner-Egger, Pascal ; Bangerter, Adrian ; Gilles, Ingrid ; Green, Eva G. T. ; Rigaud, David ; Krings, Franciska ; Staerklé, Christian ; Clémence, Alain

In: Public Understanding of Science, 2011, vol. 20, no. 4, p. 461-476

Lay perceptions of collectives (e.g., groups, organizations, countries) implicated in the 2009 H1N1 outbreak were studied. Collectives serve symbolic functions to help laypersons make sense of the uncertainty involved in a disease outbreak. We argue that lay representations are dramatized, featuring characters like heroes, villains and victims. In interviews conducted soon...

Université de Neuchâtel

Trust in medical organizations predicts pandemic (H1N1) 2009 vaccination behavior and perceived efficacy of protection measures in the Swiss public

Gilles, Ingrid ; Bangerter, Adrian ; Clémence, Alain ; Green, Eva G. T. ; Krings, Franciska ; Staerklé, Christian ; Wagner-Egger, Pascal

In: European Journal of Epidemiology, 2011, vol. 26, no. 3, p. 203-210

Following the recent avian influenza and pandemic (H1N1) 2009 outbreaks, public trust in medical and political authorities is emerging as a new predictor of compliance with officially recommended protection measures. In a two-wave longitudinal survey of adults in French-speaking Switzerland, trust in medical organizations longitudinally predicted actual vaccination status 6 months later, during...