Factors that Impact COVID-19 Conspirational Beliefs and Health-Related Behaviors

International Communication Association (ICA) Conference, May 26-30, 2022, Paris, France

Abstract: To further investigate the role of conspirational beliefs on health-related behaviors during a health pandemic such as COVID-19, we conducted an online survey among U.S. adults (N = 798) to examine: (1) the strengths of different groups of individual-level variables in predicting conspiracy beliefs about COVID-19 and related health behaviors; and (2) the role of beliefs in conspiracy theories about COVID-19 in mediating the relationship between individual differences and COVID-19 health-related behaviors. Our findings provide implications to pandemic communication theory and practice.

Ivanka Pjesivac  Leslie Klein  Wenqing Zhao  Yan Jin 

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