Journal article

Policing COVID-19 physical distancing measures: managing defiance and fostering compliance among individuals least likely to comply

Molly McCarthy, Kristina Murphy, Elise Sargeant, Harley Williamson

POLICING & SOCIETY | ROUTLEDGE JOURNALS, TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD | Published : 2021

Abstract

Physical distancing measures have become the first line of defence for slowing COVID-19 virus transmission. However, studies have demonstrated that compliance with physical distancing restrictions has not been uniform. Police have also encountered widespread resentment of the restrictions, defiance, and people purposefully flouting restrictions. In this study, we examined factors associated with compliance with COVID-19 restrictions among those who held defiant attitudes toward police during the early stages of the pandemic in Australia. The study draws on survey data collected from 1595 Australians during the initial lockdown period in Australia. Regression analysis was applied to determine..

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Grants

Awarded by Australian Research Council


Funding Acknowledgements

Kristina Murphy is supported by an Australian Research Council Future Fellowship grant [grant number FT180100139].