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

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Show simple item record Pagliaro, Stefano Sacchi, Simona Pacilli, Maria Giuseppina Brambilla, Marco Lionetti, Francesca Bettache, Karim Bianchi, Mauro Biella, Marco Bonnot, Virginie Boza, Mihaela Butera, Fabrizio Ceylan-Batur, Suzan Chong, Kristy Chopova, Tatiana Crimston, Charlie R. Alvarez, Belen Cuadrado, Isabel Ellemers, Naomi Formanowicz, Magdalena Graupmann, Verena Gkinopoulos, Theofilos Jeong, Evelyn Hye Kyung Jasinskaja-Lahti, Inga Jetten, Jolanda Bin, Kabir Muhib Mao, Yanhui McCoy, Christine Mehnaz, Farah Minescu, Anca Sirlopu, David Simić, Andrej Travaglino, Giovanni Uskul, Ayse K. Zanetti, Cinzia Zinn, Anna Zubieta, Elena 2021-03-26T09:59:54Z 2021-03-26T09:59:54Z 2021
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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