Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://dx.doi.org/10.23668/psycharchives.4743
Title: Protect ya grandma! The effects of students’ epistemic beliefs and prosocial values on COVID-19 vaccination intentions
Authors: Rosman, Tom
Adler, Kathrin
Barbian, Luisa
Blume, Vanessa
Burczeck, Jo Benno Tom
Cordes, Vivien
Derman, Dilara
Dertli, Susanne
Glas, Hannah
Heinen, Virginia
Kenst, Stefan
Khosroschahli, Marie
Kittel, Laura
Kraus, Corinna
Linden, Alica
Mironova, Anastasia
Olinger, Lena
Rastelica, Fatbardh
Sauter, Theresia
Schnurr, Vera
Schwab, Elisabeth
Vieyra, Yves
Zidak, Andreas
Zidarova, Ivana
Issue Date: 26-Mar-2021
Publisher: PsychArchives
Abstract: The present study investigates epistemic beliefs (beliefs about the nature of knowledge and knowing) and prosocial values as predictors of vaccination intentions regarding COVID-19. As a first hypothesis, we posit that beliefs in justification by authority will positively relate to vaccination intentions. Second, we expect a positive relationship between prosocial values and vaccination intentions. Third, we hypothesize that beliefs in justification by authority moderate the relationship between prosocial values and vaccination intentions, so that the positive correlation between prosocial values and vaccination intentions becomes stronger with increasing beliefs in justification by authority. Hypotheses were tested in a sample of N = 314 German university students, a group with rather high mobility, who, when vaccinated, will increase the chance of attaining herd immunity. Hypotheses were tested using correlational and multiple regression analyses. Results revealed a highly significant positive relationship between justification by authority and vaccination intentions, whereas both hypotheses that included prosocial values did not yield significant results. Additional exploratory analyses revealed that the relationship between justification by authority and vaccination intentions was mediated by beliefs in the safety and effectiveness of the vaccines. Furthermore, significant negative relationships were found between personal justification and vaccination intentions as well as between justification by multiple sources and vaccination intentions. These results highlight the crucial role of science and public health communication in fostering vaccination intentions regarding COVID-19.
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/20.500.12034/4190
http://dx.doi.org/10.23668/psycharchives.4743
Citation: Rosman, T., Adler, K., Barbian, L., Blume, V., Burczeck, J. B. T., Cordes, V., Derman, D., Dertli, S., Glas, H., Heinen, V., Kenst, S., Khosroschahli, M., Kittel, L., Kraus, C., Linden, A., Mironova, A., Olinger, L., Rastelica, F., Sauter, T., … Zidarova, I. (2021). Protect ya grandma! The effects of students’ epistemic beliefs and prosocial values on COVID-19 vaccination intentions. PsychArchives. https://doi.org/10.23668/PSYCHARCHIVES.4743
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