Health-protective behaviour, social media usage and conspiracy belief during the COVID-19 public health emergency

  title={Health-protective behaviour, social media usage and conspiracy belief during the COVID-19 public health emergency},
  author={D. Allington and B. Duffy and S. Wessely and Nayana Dhavan and J. Rubin},
  journal={Psychological Medicine},
  pages={1 - 7}
  • D. Allington, B. Duffy, +2 authors J. Rubin
  • Published 2020
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • Psychological Medicine
  • Background Social media platforms have long been recognised as major disseminators of health misinformation. Many previous studies have found a negative association between health-protective behaviours and belief in the specific form of misinformation popularly known as ‘conspiracy theory’. Concerns have arisen regarding the spread of COVID-19 conspiracy theories on social media. Methods Three questionnaire surveys of social media use, conspiracy beliefs and health-protective behaviours with… CONTINUE READING
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