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Facing the pandemic with trust in science

Facing the pandemic with trust in science

Sulik, Justin, Deroy, Ophelia, Dezecache, Guillaume, Newson, Martha ORCID: 0000-0001-7700-9562, Zhao, Yi, El Zein, Marwa and Tuncgenc, Bahar (2021) Facing the pandemic with trust in science. Humanities and Social Sciences Communications, 8:301. pp. 1-10. ISSN 2662-9992 (Online) (doi:

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How essential is trust in science to prevent the spread of COVID-19? People who trust in science are reportedly more likely to comply with official guidelines, implying that higher levels of adherence could be achieved by improving trust in science. However, analysis of a global dataset (n = 4341) suggests otherwise. Trust in science had a small, indirect effect on adherence to the rules. Nonetheless, it predicted people’s approval of prevention measures such as social distancing, and bridged political ideology and approval of the measures (conservatives trusted science less and in turn approved of the measures less). These effects were stronger in the USA than in other countries. Even though any increase in trust in science is unlikely to yield strong behavioural changes, given its relationships with both ideology and individuals’ attitudes to the measures, trust in science may be leveraged to yield longer-term sustainable social benefits.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: trust; pandemic
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Q Science > Q Science (General)
Faculty / School / Research Centre / Research Group: Faculty of Education, Health & Human Sciences
Faculty of Education, Health & Human Sciences > School of Human Sciences (HUM)
Last Modified: 17 Mar 2023 13:11

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