Pandemic personality: Emotional reactions, political and social preferences across personality traits in times of Corona

Freitag, Markus; Hofstetter, Nathalie (2021). Pandemic personality: Emotional reactions, political and social preferences across personality traits in times of Corona. Current psychology, pp. 1-15. Springer 10.1007/s12144-021-02493-x

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The Coronavirus pandemic undeniably represents a global health threat unprecedented in living memory leading to very distinct behavioral, cognitive, and psychological responses to the crisis. We argue that the different ways of responding to the pandemic are rooted in personal dispositions and provide evidence regarding the function and value of the Big Five framework in understanding the pandemic personality. Using 18 samples from the six European countries most affected at the onset of the pandemic (overall N = 18,307), we find that most of the Big Five effects vary across countries and pandemic phases. However, while neuroticism is clearly linked to pandemic threat perception and emotional responses to the Covid-19 pandemic, conscientiousness is mainly related to exposure to pandemic hazard, preferences regarding political measures, and tolerance of epidemiologically undesirable behavior. Our findings are rich in implications for public health politics, policy-makers and social cohesion.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

03 Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences > Social Sciences > Institute of Political Science

UniBE Contributor:

Freitag, Markus and Hofstetter, Nathalie Ruth

Subjects:

300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 320 Political science

ISSN:

1936-4733

Publisher:

Springer

Language:

English

Submitter:

Arno Raoul Rothenbühler

Date Deposited:

17 Jan 2022 12:12

Last Modified:

17 Jan 2022 12:21

Publisher DOI:

10.1007/s12144-021-02493-x

PubMed ID:

34840485

BORIS DOI:

10.48350/162474

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/162474

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