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Volume 10, Number 8—August 2004

Dispatch

SARS Risk Perception, Knowledge, Precautions, and Information Sources, the Netherlands

Johannes Brug*Comments to Author , Arja R. Aro*†, Anke Oenema*, Onno de Zwart‡, Jan Hendrik Richardus*, and George D. Bishop§
Author affiliations: *Erasmus University Medical Center, Rotterdam, the Netherlands; †National Public Health Institute, Helsinki, Finland; ‡Municipal Health Service of Rotterdam, Rotterdam, the Netherlands; §National University of Singapore, Singapore

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Table 4

Pearson correlations between severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS)-related risk perceptions, knowledge, and actions

1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7.
1. Perceived risk of acquiring SARS







2. Perceived risk of acquiring SARS compared to others
0.43a






3. Worry about getting SARS
0.64a
0.31a





4. Worry about SARS as a health problem
0.40a
0.34a
0.45a




5. Knowledge about SARS
–0.10
0.02
–0.05
–0.02b



6. Self-reported precautionary actions to avoid SARS
0.16c
0.05
0.23a
0.10
0.00


7. Perceived ability to avoid SARS
–0.33a
–0.27c
–0.30a
–0.22a
–0.03
0.04

8. Perceived ability to avoid SARS compared to others –0.27a –0.49c –0.23a –0.21a –0.09 –0.03 0.30a

ap < 0.001.
bp < 0.05.
cp < 0.01.

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