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dc.date.created2020-07-31T10:02:44Z
dc.date.issued2020
dc.identifier.citationBierwiaczonek, Kinga Maria Kunst, Jonas R. Pich, Olivia . Belief in COVID-19 Conspiracy Theories Reduces Social Distancing over Time. Applied Psychology: Health and Well-Being. 2020
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10852/79101
dc.description.abstractBackground Conspiracy theories about the origins of COVID‐19 are widespread and have even been propagated by highly ranked state officials and politicians in the US. Health authorities have cautioned that such theories, although not questioning the existence of the pandemic, may increase the spread of the virus by reducing people's efforts to socially distance. Methods We test this proposition empirically using longitudinal survey data collected at five timepoints during the early outbreak of the virus in the US (N = 403). Results Multivariate growth curve analyses showed that, although conspiracy beliefs decreased and social distancing increased over time, people holding more conspiracy beliefs at the beginning of the pandemic showed the lowest increase in social distancing. Moreover, cross‐lagged analyses demonstrated that people who reported more conspiracy beliefs at any wave tended to report less social distancing at the following wave. Conclusions Our findings show that COVID‐19 conspiracy theories pose a significant threat to public health as they may reduce adherence to social distancing measures.
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dc.rightsAttribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International
dc.rights.urihttps://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/
dc.titleBelief in COVID-19 Conspiracy Theories Reduces Social Distancing over Time
dc.typeJournal article
dc.creator.authorBierwiaczonek, Kinga Maria
dc.creator.authorKunst, Jonas R.
dc.creator.authorPich, Olivia
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cristin.unitnamePsykologisk institutt
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dc.identifier.cristin1821098
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dc.identifier.jtitleApplied Psychology: Health and Well-Being
dc.identifier.doihttps://doi.org/10.1111/aphw.12223
dc.identifier.urnURN:NBN:no-82215
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dc.type.peerreviewedPeer reviewed
dc.source.issn1758-0846
dc.identifier.fulltextFulltext https://www.duo.uio.no/bitstream/handle/10852/79101/5/aphw.12223.pdf
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