Compliance in crisis: Concern, trust, and distrustful complacency in the COVID-19 pandemic

Lalot, Fanny and Abrams, Dominic and Jessop, Curtis and Curtice, John. (2023) Compliance in crisis: Concern, trust, and distrustful complacency in the COVID-19 pandemic. Social and Personality Psychology Compass, 17 (7, Special Issue). e12752.

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Two studies tested a distrustful complacency hypothesis, according to which either concern or political trust would be enough to sustain law-abiding attitudes and compliance with health-protective policies during the COVID-19 pandemic; but the absence of both concern and trust would result in markedly lower support and compliance. Study 1 supported this hypothesis with NatCen nationally representative sample of Great Britain (N = 2413; weighted regression analyses), focussing on law-abiding attitudes. Study 2 (preregistered) replicated these findings with a representative sample (N = 1523) investigating support for COVID-19 policies and compliant behaviour. Participants who were less concerned about the consequences of the pandemic (for themselves and for others) and simultaneously less trustful of the government expressed weaker law-abiding attitudes and reported less compliance with COVID-19 restrictions. These findings have implications for policy and public health strategies in time of crisis.
Faculties and Departments:07 Faculty of Psychology > Departement Psychologie > Society & Choice
UniBasel Contributors:Lalot, Fanny
Item Type:Article, refereed
Article Subtype:Research Article
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