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Intergeneration conflicts of interest and prosocial behavior during the COVID-19 pandemic

Jin, Shuxian and Balliet, Daniel and Romano, Angelo and Spadaro, Giuliana and van Lissa, Caspar J. and Agostini, Maximilian and Bélanger, Jocelyn J. and Giitzkow, Ben and Ilreienkamp, Jannis and PsyCorona, Collaboration and Abdul Khaiyom, Jamilah Hanum and Leander, N. Pontus (2021) Intergeneration conflicts of interest and prosocial behavior during the COVID-19 pandemic. Personality and Individual Differences, 171. pp. 1-8. E-ISSN 0191-8869

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Abstract

The COVID-19 pandemic presents threats, such as severe disease and economic hardship, to people of different ages. These threats can also be experienced asymmetrically across age groups, which could lead to generational differences in behavioral responses to reduce the spread of the disease. We report a survey conducted across 56 societies (N = 58,641), and tested pre-registered hypotheses about how age relates to (a) perceived personal costs during the pandemic, (b) prosocial COVID-19 responses (e.g., social distancing), and (c) support for behavioral regulations (e.g., mandatory quarantine, vaccination). We further ther tested whether the relationship between age and prosocial COVID-19 responses can be explained by perceived personal costs during the pandemic. Overall, we found that older people perceived more costs of contracting the virus, but less costs in daily life due to the prudence. However, age displayed no clear, robust associations with prosocial COVID-19 responses and support for behavioral regulations. We discuss the implications of this work for understanding the potential intergenerational conflicts of interest that could occur during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Item Type: Article (Journal)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Age, COVID-19, Social dilemma, Prosocial behavior, Cros-cultural
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology > HM1001 Social psychology
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology > HM1106 Interpersonal relations. Social behavior
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA644.3 Public Health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine - Chronic and Noninfectious Diseases and Public Health
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA790 Public Health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine - Mental Health. Mental Illness Prevention
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes (Can select more than one option. Press CONTROL button): Kulliyyah of Islamic Revealed Knowledge and Human Sciences
Kulliyyah of Islamic Revealed Knowledge and Human Sciences > Department of Psychology
Depositing User: Dr Jamilah Hanum Abdul Khaiyom
Date Deposited: 13 Jan 2021 09:44
Last Modified: 13 Jan 2021 09:44
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/87753

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