Keeping international visitors safe on Australian beaches : informing the content of surf safety messages

Rowland, Janette, Lewis, Ioni, & White, Katherine (2014) Keeping international visitors safe on Australian beaches : informing the content of surf safety messages. In ANZMAC 2014 : Agents of Change, 1-3 December 2014, Brisbane, QLD.


In Australia, international tourists/visitors are one of the highest risk groups for drowning at beaches. Swimming in patrolled areas, between the flags, reduces the risk of drowning with most drownings occuring outside these areas. There is a need to understand beliefs which influence the extent to which international tourists/visitors intend to swim between the flags. The theory of planned behaviour (TPB) and, in particular, the indirect beliefs which underpin constructs in the model, represent a means of determining what factors influence this intention. The current study compared international visitors/tourists as having either low or high intentions to swim between the flags on a range of behavioural, normative, and control beliefs. A series of MANOVAs revealed significant differences between the groups in all three of the beliefs. The findings provide insight into potential foci for message content for use in educational campaigns aimed at keeping international visitors safe on Australian beaches.

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ID Code: 80284
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Australia, surf safety messages, Theory of Planned Behaviour, tourists
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Centre for Accident Research & Road Safety - Qld (CARRS-Q)
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Psychology & Counselling
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2014 [please consult the author]
Deposited On: 21 Jan 2015 05:24
Last Modified: 23 Feb 2015 02:23

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