Preparedness of Working Population to Adhere to Legal Constraints and Prohibitions during the COVID-19 Pandemic



In the pandemic times the majority of countries of the world resorted to introduction of prohibitions and constraints. The efficiency of these steps, the public well-being and safety largely depend on the willingness of people to observe them. The article presents the results of the research conducted throughout the territory of the Russian Federation during the first week of the lockdown (announced starting March 30 2020). 269 economically active (employed) respondents (186 women and 83 men aged 18-70) participated in an online survey. The study aimed at establishing the factors affecting the preparedness of the working population to observe the legal restrictions and prohibitions imposed during the initial stage of the COVID-19 pandemic. The authors put forward and confirmed a hypothesis that the preparedness of the working population to comply with the prohibitions and limitations introduced in the pandemic is influenced by the perceived severity of the risk of getting infected during the performance of their professional duties and by the risk of loss of income. The study revealed the correlation between one's individual preparedness to respect the prohibitions and constraints on the one side and the rightful behavior of employers on the other.

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Keywords: global social risk, preparedness, well-being, prohibitions, limitations, pandemic, psychological security

Article type: scientific article


Funding. The reported study was funded by RFBR, project number 20-010-00952

For citation: Koropets O.A., Сhudinovskikh M.V. Preparedness of Working Population to Adhere to Legal Constraints and Prohibitions during the COVID-19 Pandemic [Elektronnyi resurs]. Psikhologiya i pravo = Psychology and Law, 2021. Vol. 11, no. 1, pp. 223–237. DOI: 10.17759/psylaw.2021110117. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)


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Information About the Authors

Olga A. Koropets, PhD in Psychology, associated Professor, associated Professor, Chair of Human Resource Management and Psychology, Ural Federal University, Ekaterinburg, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail:

Marina V. Сhudinovskikh, PhD in Law, Associated Professor, Leading researcher, Chair of Public Law, Ural State University of Economics, Ekaterinburg, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail:



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