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      Factors Associated with Trust in Public Authorities Among Adults in Norway, United Kingdom, United States, and Australia Two Years after the COVID-19 Outbreak


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          Objectives: This study aimed to examine the levels of trust in information provided by public authorities 2 years after the COVID-19 outbreak and to examine factors associated with trust.

          Methods: Using a cross-national approach, online survey data was collected from four Western countries—Australia, Norway, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America. Differences in reports of very low or low levels of trust were examined by age, gender, area of residence, and the highest level of education in the four countries.

          Results: Levels of trust in the public authorities’ information were highest among Norwegian respondents and lowest among U.K. respondents. Lower levels of trust in public authorities were found among males, individuals living in rural or remote areas, and those with lower levels of education.

          Conclusion: The outcomes contribute to knowledge regarding differences between socio-demographic groups and countries regarding the levels of trust people have in public authorities’ information concerning a crisis, such as COVID-19. Strategies to promote trust in societies in different countries could consider these socio-demographic differences.

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              Trust and Compliance to Public Health Policies in Times of COVID-19

              Highlights • Degraded trust and cohesion within a country have large socioeconomic impacts but also present risk for collective survival in the face of a pandemic • Human mobility decreases in Europe during generalized lockdowns in March 2020 • The shelter-in-place policy is significantly more effective, i.e. mobility reduction in non-necessary activities is larger, in regions with higher levels of political trust • Mobility reduction is positively related to the daily stringency of national policies and this association is stronger in high-trust regions • The trust effect also translates in large differences in terms of COVID-19 mortality growth rate.

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                Int J Public Health
                Int J Public Health
                Int J Public Health
                International Journal of Public Health
                Frontiers Media S.A.
                02 August 2023
                02 August 2023
                : 68
                : 1605846
                [1] 1 School of Social Work , University of Michigan , Ann Arbor, MI, United States
                [2] 2 Department of Health and Nursing Science, Faculty of Social and Health Sciences, Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences , Elverum, Norway
                [3] 3 Department of Health, Faculty of Health Studies , VID Specialized University , Stavanger, Norway
                [4] 4 Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences , The University of Queensland , Brisbane, QLD, Australia
                [5] 5 Department of Health Social Care and Medicine, Edge Hill University , Ormskirk, United Kingdom
                [6] 6 Department of Social Work and Sociology , School of Humanities and Social Sciences , University of Zambia , Lusaka, Zambia
                [7] 7 Department of Social Work, Child Welfare and Social Policy , Faculty of Health Sciences , Oslo Metropolitan University , Oslo, Norway
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                Edited by: Andrea Madarasova Geckova, University of Pavol Jozef Šafárik, Slovakia

                Reviewed by: Pauline Kergall, Université de Montpellier, France

                Michal Kentos, Slovak Academy of Sciences (SAS), Slovakia

                *Correspondence: Daicia Price, daiciars@ 123456umich.edu
                Copyright © 2023 Price, Bonsaksen, Leung, McClure-Thomas, Ruffolo, Lamph, Kabelenga and Ostertun Geirdal.

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