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Moral Decision-Making During COVID-19: Moral Judgements, Moralisation, and Everyday Behaviour

Francis, K; McNabb, C

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C McNabb



Abstract

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.

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Francis, K., & McNabb, C. (2022). Moral Decision-Making During COVID-19: Moral Judgements, Moralisation, and Everyday Behaviour. Frontiers in Psychology, 12, https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2021.769177

Acceptance Date Dec 20, 2021
Online Publication Date Feb 4, 2022
Publication Date Feb 4, 2022
Publicly Available Date May 30, 2023
Journal Frontiers in Psychology
Electronic ISSN 1664-1078
Publisher Frontiers Media
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 12
DOI https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2021.769177

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