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Behavioural science and disease prevention: psychological guidance for optimising policies and communication

14 April 2020

This guidance gives policy-makers and communicators the psychological insight they need to help drive behaviour change in order to minimise the spread of the virus.

Produced by the BPS Behavioural Science and Disease Prevention Taskforce, the guidance includes nine recommendations designed to help inform policy-making decisions about how to bring about behaviour change.

It also outlines how to communicate with people about the changes they need to make to the way they behave to prevent the spread of the virus and provides a framework outlining the core behaviours people need to use to reduce the spread of infection.

In addition it highlights the questions that need to be asked to understand what’s behind those behaviours and what can be done to develop effective policies, interventions and messaging to combat the pandemic.

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