Beliefs about Covid-19 as a threat to values are related to preventive behaviors and fear of Covid-19

Marina Iosifian*, Galina Arina, Valentina Nikolaeva

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

We investigated factors related to preventive behaviors and fear of COVID-19: values and beliefs about threat to values because of COVID-19. In two studies, participants reported their own values and evaluated how COVID-19 may threaten values. They also reported their preventive behaviors (washing hands, wearing a facial mask, keeping social distance, and avoiding public places) and fear of COVID-19. COVID-19 is perceived as a threat to personal focused values (openness and self-enhancement values) rather than social focused values (conservation and self-transcendence values). Both value importance and perceived threats to values are related to preventive behaviors and fear of COVID-19. Greater importance of conservation values was related to engaging in preventive behaviors and increased fear of COVID-19. Perceived threats to personal focused values (self-enhancement and openness values) were also related to engaging in preventive behaviors and fear of COVID-19.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)739-746
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Health Psychology
Volume28
Issue number8
Early online date2 Jan 2023
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2023

Keywords

  • COVID-19
  • Fear
  • Health
  • Health behaviors
  • Values

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