Attitudes towards Biobank Donation Among University Community



Worldwide significant efforts are invested in building biobanks—specialized facilities for storing biological materials for research and medical purposes. The successful functioning of biobanks depends directly on people’s willingness to donate their biological materials. Fragmentary empirical studies of people’s attitudes toward donations to biobanks have been undertaken in Russia. The goal of this study was to measure at titudes toward biobank donation among Russians population and to evaluate potential sociopsychological factors that play a role in a person’s readiness to become a donor. Data from 542 students and 254 scientific staff at St. Petersburg State University were collected from group-administered paper-and-pencil and online surveys respectively. Both students (74%) and scientific staff (52%) indicated a relatively high level of readiness to become biobank donors. Regression analysis showed that refusal to be a biobahk donor was correlated significantly with being university scientific staff vs. students, no previous awareness about biobank, need for relative’s or friend’s opinion before decision making, presence of payment for donation and type of requested biological material.

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Keywords: prosocial behavior, biobank, public attitude, willingness to donate, students, university staff, cross-sectional study

Journal rubric: Applied Research and Practice

Article type: scientific article


Funding. Data collection was supported by grant Russian Science Foundation (project No14-50-00069), St. Petersburg State University. Data analysis and publication was also supported by National Research University Higher School of Economics.

For citation: Antonova N.A., Eritsyan K.Y., Tsvetkova L.A. Attitudes towards Biobank Donation Among University Community . Sotsial'naya psikhologiya i obshchestvo = Social Psychology and Society, 2019. Vol. 10, no. 1, pp. 169–181. DOI: 10.17759/sps.2019100110. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)


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Information About the Authors

Natalia A. Antonova, PhD in Psychology, Assistant Professor at Psychology Institute, Herzen State Pedagogical University of Russia, St.Petersburg, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail:

Ksenia Y. Eritsyan, PhD in Psychology, Researcher at Psychology Institute, Herzen State Pedagogical University of Russia, St.Petersburg, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail:

Larisa A. Tsvetkova, Doctor of Psychology, Professor, National Research University Higher School of Economics, Herzen State Pedagogical University of Russia, St.Petersburg, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail:



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