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Moral decision-making during COVID-19: moral judgments, moralisation, and everyday behaviour

McNabb, C. ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-6434-5177 and Francis, K. (2021) Moral decision-making during COVID-19: moral judgments, moralisation, and everyday behaviour. Frontiers in Psychology. ISSN 1664-1078 (In Press)

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Abstract/Summary

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to pose significant health, economic, and social challenges. Given that many of these challenges have moral relevance, the present studies investigate whether the COVID-19 pandemic is influencing moral decision-making and whether moralisation of behaviours specific to the crisis predict adherence to government-recommended behaviours. Whilst we find no evidence that utilitarian endorsements have changed during the pandemic at two separate timepoints, individuals have moralised non-compliant behaviours associated with the pandemic such as failing to physically distance themselves from others. Importantly, our findings show that this moralisation predicts sustained individual compliance with government-recommended behaviours.

Item Type:Article
Refereed:Yes
Divisions:Life Sciences > School of Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences > Department of Psychology
ID Code:101976
Publisher:Frontiers Media

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