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Trust predicts COVID-19 prescribed and discretionary behavioral intentions in 23 countries

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dc.contributor.author Pagliaro, Stefano
dc.contributor.author Sacchi, Simona
dc.contributor.author Pacilli, Maria Giuseppina
dc.contributor.author Brambilla, Marco
dc.contributor.author Lionetti, Francesca
dc.contributor.author Bettache, Karim
dc.contributor.author Bianchi, Mauro
dc.contributor.author Biella, Marco
dc.contributor.author Bonnot, Virginie
dc.contributor.author Boza, Mihaela
dc.contributor.author Butera, Fabrizio
dc.contributor.author Ceylan-Batur, Suzan
dc.contributor.author Chong, Kristy
dc.contributor.author Chopova, Tatiana
dc.contributor.author Crimston, Charlie R.
dc.contributor.author Alvarez, Belen
dc.contributor.author Cuadrado, Isabel
dc.contributor.author Ellemers, Naomi
dc.contributor.author Formanowicz, Magdalena
dc.contributor.author Graupmann, Verena
dc.contributor.author Gkinopoulos, Theofilos
dc.contributor.author Jeong, Evelyn Hye Kyung
dc.contributor.author Jasinskaja-Lahti, Inga
dc.contributor.author Jetten, Jolanda
dc.contributor.author Bin, Kabir Muhib
dc.contributor.author Mao, Yanhui
dc.contributor.author McCoy, Christine
dc.contributor.author Mehnaz, Farah
dc.contributor.author Minescu, Anca
dc.contributor.author Sirlopu, David
dc.contributor.author Simić, Andrej
dc.contributor.author Travaglino, Giovanni
dc.contributor.author Uskul, Ayse K.
dc.contributor.author Zanetti, Cinzia
dc.contributor.author Zinn, Anna
dc.contributor.author Zubieta, Elena
dc.date.accessioned 2021-03-26T09:59:54Z
dc.date.available 2021-03-26T09:59:54Z
dc.date.issued 2021
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10344/9927
dc.description peer-reviewed en_US
dc.description.abstract The worldwide spread of a new coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) since December 2019 has posed a severe threat to individuals’ well-being. While the world at large is waiting that the released vaccines immunize most citizens, public health experts suggest that, in the mean time, it is only through behavior change that the spread of COVID-19 can be controlled. Importantly, the required behaviors are aimed not only at safeguarding one’s own health. Instead, individuals are asked to adapt their behaviors to protect the community at large. This raises the question of which social concerns and moral principles make people willing to do so. We considered in 23 countries (N = 6948) individuals’ willingness to engage in prescribed and discretionary behaviors, as well as country-level and individual-level factors that might drive such behavioral intentions. Results from multilevel multiple regressions, with country as the nesting variable, showed that publicized number of infections were not significantly related to individual intentions to comply with the prescribed measures and intentions to engage in discretionary prosocial behaviors. Instead, psychological differences in terms of trust in government, citizens, and in particular toward science predicted individuals’ behavioral intentions across countries. The more people endorsed moral principles of fairness and care (vs. loyalty and authority), the more they were inclined to report trust in science, which, in turn, statistically predicted prescribed and discretionary behavioral intentions. Results have implications for the type of intervention and public communication strategies that should be most effective to induce the behavioral changes that are needed to control the COVID-19 outbreak. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Public Library of Science en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries PLoS ONE;0248334
dc.subject immunize en_US
dc.subject COVID-19 en_US
dc.title Trust predicts COVID-19 prescribed and discretionary behavioral intentions in 23 countries en_US
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article en_US
dc.type.supercollection all_ul_research en_US
dc.type.supercollection ul_published_reviewed en_US
dc.identifier.doi 10.1371/journal.pone.0248334
dc.contributor.sponsor European Association of Social Psychology en_US
dc.contributor.sponsor Pomilio Blumm Communication Agency en_US
dc.rights.accessrights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess en_US


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