The impact of hand hygiene messages in public toilets

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Sigger, J. 2015. The impact of hand hygiene messages in public toilets. British Psychological Society Division of Health Psychology Annual Conference 2015. London, United Kingdom 16 - 18 Sep 2015
TypeConference poster
TitleThe impact of hand hygiene messages in public toilets
AuthorsSigger, J.
Abstract

Research questions & Objectives: Which kinds of hand washing and hygiene information are positively evaluated and preferred by women and men in their public toilet areas (e.g. risk likelihood, infection severity, social norms, technique etc.)? Should messages be framed as a gain or a loss? Which format (text vs. pictorial vs. both) is more salient?
Design and Methods: Mixed methods are employed. Implicit evaluations towards hand hygiene messages (pictorial and textual) are investigated in a series of experiments and the subjective meaning of these messages for hand-washing activity is explored using Q-sorts.
Analyses: Experimental protocols have been created for the evaluation of hygiene messages using response time measures with student participants (n=120). In the main studies (generally of mixed factorial designs, N per study = 100), the protocols will be combined with additional Q-sorts. Together, this will yield a rich implicit-explicit attitudinal data set comprising non-conscious positive-negative evaluations towards the hand hygiene messages along with their multidimensional subjective meanings for both women and men.
Discussion: Evidence shows there are higher rates of hand washing in pubic toilets where there is signage compared to none at all. And, certain kinds of textual message content are likely to be differentially effective for women and men. It is envisaged that this research work in progress, through combining implicit evaluation measures with subjective meanings of hand hygiene signage, will provide a firm empirical basis for developing targeted hand hygiene messages to go forward into a planned community level intervention study.

Research GroupApplied Health Psychology group
LanguageEnglish
ConferenceBritish Psychological Society Division of Health Psychology Annual Conference 2015
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Print15 Sep 2015
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Deposited18 Sep 2015
Accepted06 Aug 2015
Output statusPublished
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