Big five personality and COVID-19 beliefs, behaviors, and vaccine intentions: The mediating role of political ideology

Adam R. Panish*, Steven G. Ludeke, Joseph A. Vitriol

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Abstract

Because personal health decisions can impact the health of the broader community, researchers have increasingly sought to understand the psychological bases for different responses to public health communications and prescriptions. We contribute to this literature in two ways. First, we analyze the relationship between Big Five personality traits and three critical beliefs and behaviors in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. These are vaccine hesitancy, engagement in risky (vs. self-protective) pandemic social behaviors, and conspiratorial beliefs surrounding the origins, consequences, and public health response to COVID-19. Second, we draw on theory from political psychology to model the joint effects of personality and ideology. Our analysis of two American samples (MTurk = 510; Representative = 441) indicated that political liberalism mediated the relationship between Openness and COVID-related attitudes and behaviors.

OriginalsprogEngelsk
Artikelnummere12885
TidsskriftSocial and Personality Psychology Compass
Vol/bind17
Udgave nummer12
Antal sider11
ISSN1751-9004
DOI
StatusUdgivet - dec. 2023

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Funding Information:
The authors would like to thank the Research Foundation for The State University of New York, the Stony Brook Foundation, Inc., and the College of Arts and Sciences at Stony Brook University for providing the resources needed to recruit the two samples used in this research.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2023 John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

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