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An evaluation of a short film promoting kindness in Wales during COVID-19 restrictions #TimeToBeKind

Ford, K, Bellis, MA, Hill, R and Hughes, K (2022) An evaluation of a short film promoting kindness in Wales during COVID-19 restrictions #TimeToBeKind. BMC Public Health, 22 (1). ISSN 1471-2458

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Background: In response to successive COVID-19 restrictions in Wales, the Welsh ACE Support Hub launched the #TimeToBeKind campaign in March 2021. The campaign used a short film broadcast on national television and promoted on social media to encourage behaviour change for kindness. We evaluated the #TimeToBeKind campaign film to identify whether watching the film would result in increased intention to act in ways that promote kindness to others and if intentions were associated with being emotionally affected by the film. Methods: A mixed methods evaluation was employed, using a short online survey and interaction with the film on the Twitter social media platform. The online survey measured public (n = 390) attitudes towards the film including feelings invoked, and behavioural intentions for acts of kindness as a result of viewing the film. Tweets which interacted with the film (n = 59; likes, re-tweets or comments), and tweet sentiment (positive, negative, or neutral) towards the film were also explored. Results: The majority of participants reported positive attitudes to the film and agreed that they understood the campaign message (91.8%). 67.9% reported that the film made them feel upset or sad and for 22.6% the film resonated with their lockdown experience. As a result of seeing the film, 63.6% reported intentions to be kinder to others, 65.6% intended to try and help other members of their community, and 70.5% were more likely to check in on friends, family and neighbours. A higher proportion of individuals who were emotionally affected by the film (e.g. upset or sad, hopeful or encouraged, gained something positive) and those for whom the film resonated with their lockdown experience reported increased kindness behavioural intentions as a result of seeing the film. Conclusions: Film can be an effective tool to promote behaviour change for kindness. Films that provoke strong emotional reactions can still be perceived positively and lead to behaviour change. With the COVID-19 pandemic accelerating a move online for many, the findings of the present evaluation are relevant to how public health messaging can adapt and utilise this space to target individuals and promote behaviour change.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Humans; Communicable Disease Control; Mass Media; Wales; Pandemics; COVID-19; Adverse childhood experiences; Behaviour change; COVID-19; Health communication; Kindness; Public health; Social media; COVID-19; Communicable Disease Control; Humans; Mass Media; Pandemics; Wales; 1117 Public Health and Health Services; Public Health
Subjects: R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
Divisions: Public Health Institute
Publisher: BioMed Central
SWORD Depositor: A Symplectic
Date Deposited: 21 Dec 2022 09:37
Last Modified: 21 Dec 2022 09:37
DOI or ID number: 10.1186/s12889-022-12876-9
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/18447
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