Why is right-wing media consumption associated with lower compliance with COVID-19 measures?

  • Exposure to right-wing media has been shown to be related to lower perceived threat from COVID-19, lower compliance with prophylactic measures against it, and higher incidence of infection and death. What features of right-wing media messages may account for these effects? In a preregistered cross-sectional study (\(\ it N\) = 554), we tested a model that differentiates perceived consequences of two CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) recommendations – washing hands and staying home – for basic human values. People who consumed more right-wing media perceived these behaviors as less beneficial for their personal security, for the well-being of close ones, and the well-being of society at large. Perceived consequences of following the CDC recommendations mediated the relationship between media consumption and compliance with recommendations. Implications for public health messaging are discussed.

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Author:Vladimir PonizovskiyORCiDGND, Lusine GrigoryanORCiDGND, Wilhelm HofmannORCiDGND
Parent Title (English):Journal of media psychology
Place of publication:Göttingen
Document Type:Article
Date of Publication (online):2024/01/25
Date of first Publication:2022/06/21
Publishing Institution:Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Universitätsbibliothek
Tag:COVID-19; compliance; media; value-instantiating beliefs; values
First Page:3
Last Page:16
Dewey Decimal Classification:Philosophie und Psychologie / Psychologie
open_access (DINI-Set):open_access
faculties:Fakultät für Psychologie
Licence (English):License LogoCreative Commons - CC BY-NC 4.0 - Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International