Trust and compliance with covid-19 preventive behaviors during the pandemic

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This study examined the role of trust in lay people’s health behaviors related to the current pandemic. A total of 376 Israelis completed an online questionnaire during the second lockdown. A latent profile analysis was conducted to identify profiles of individuals based on their levels of trust in the various institutions and stakeholders examined in this study. A three-profile solution was deemed most appropriate. The largest profile (N = 178) was characterized by low levels of trust in the government, but high levels of trust in science and one’s primary care provider. Next, was the generally low trust profile (N = 108), characterized by low levels of trust directed towards all stake-holders and institutes. The third profile (N = 79) was characterized by high levels of trust. Results are discussed in relation to the important role of trust in determining people’s response to the current pandemic and the unique features of Israeli society.

Original languageEnglish
Article number2643
Pages (from-to)1-10
Number of pages10
JournalInternational Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Issue number5
StatePublished - 5 Mar 2021


  • COVID-19
  • Compliance
  • Health behaviors
  • Legitimacy
  • Policy measures
  • Politics
  • Trust

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Pollution
  • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis


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