COVID-19 risk perceptions and precautions among the elderly: A study of CALD adults in South Australia

Mohammad Hamiduzzaman, Noore Siddiquee, Helen McLaren

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Background: Coping with COVID-19 is a challenge for culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) older adults. In Australia, little attention has been given to understanding associations between cultural contexts, health promotion, and socio-emotional and mental health challenges of older CALD adults during the COVID-19 pandemic. Therefore, we have collected data from older CALD adults to examine their COVID-19 risk perceptions and its association with their health precautions, behavioural dimensions and emergency preparation. Methods: A cross-sectional survey was conducted in South Australia. The CALD population aged 60 years and above were approached through 11 South Australian multicultural NGOs. Results: We provide the details of 155 older CALD South Australians' demographics, risk perceptions, health precautions (problem-and-emotion-focused), behavioural dimensions and emergency preparation.  The explanatory variables included demographic characteristics (age, gender, education and ethnicity); and risk perception (cognitive [likelihood of being affected] and affective dimension [fear and general concerns], and psychometric paradigm [severity, controllability, and personal impact]. The outcome measure variables were health precautions (problem-focused and emotion-focused), behavioral adaptions and emergency preparation. Conclusions: This dataset may help the researchers who investigate multicultural health or aged care in the pandemic and or who may have interest to link with other datasets and secondary use of this primary dataset in order to develop culturally tailored pandemic-related response plan. The data set is available from Harvard Dataverse.

Original languageEnglish
Article number43
Pages (from-to)43
Number of pages8
Issue number43
Publication statusPublished - 13 Jan 2022


  • Culturally and linguistically diverse community
  • Older adults
  • Risk perceptions
  • Health precautions
  • Behavioural dimensions
  • Emergency preparedness
  • South Australia
  • emergency preparedness
  • risk perceptions
  • behavioural dimensions
  • older adults
  • health precautions


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