Yıldız Journal of Educational Research, vol.7, no.2, pp.79-88, 2022 (Peer-Reviewed Journal)
The aim of the study is to examine personality traits and COVID-19 related factors as predictors of attitudes toward the COVID-19 vaccine. Fear of COVID-19 and perceived causes of COVID-19 are investigated as COVID-19 related factors. The sample consists of 1697 Turkish emerging adults (50.1% female; ages 18-25). The result of T-test for gender difference shows that females (M=35.19, SD=8.27) have significantly more positive attitude towards COVID-19 vaccine than males (M=33.86, SD=8.76). Attitude towards COVID-19 vaccine is predicted by conspiracy, environment and faith as causes of COVID-19, fear of COVID-19 and openness to experience as personality traits. All of these predictors explained 29% of the total variance in attitudes toward the vaccine. Results are discussed in light of previous research.