A British Academy-funded project on COVID Misinformation
Adolescents face a reduced risk of severe symptoms from the novel coronavirus, yet there is some evidence that youth can transmit the virus at the same rate as adults. Until an evidence-based consensus is reached regarding transmission, it will be important to promote adherence to public health practices (e.g. social distancing, hand washing) among adolescents. Crucially, there is a need for research exploring how adolescents themselves reason about these issues. This project examines adolescents’ reasoning about public health practices and whether this is related to behavioural intentions to engage with these practices. Relatedly, this project examines how misinformation can impact adolescents’ reasoning and public health behavioural intentions. Together this evidence will inform the communication of COVID-19 related information in order to promote youth engagement with public health practices and challenge the potential consequences of misinformation.