Attitudes toward COVID-19 vaccine: Investigating the role of COVID-19 related factors and trait personality

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Deniz M. E., Bektaş Aydın C., Bırni G., Karaağaç Z. G.

Yıldız Journal of Educational Research, vol.7, no.2, pp.79-88, 2022 (Peer-Reviewed Journal)

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 7 Issue: 2
  • Publication Date: 2022
  • Journal Name: Yıldız Journal of Educational Research
  • Journal Indexes: MLA - Modern Language Association Database, Asos İndeks
  • Page Numbers: pp.79-88
  • Yıldız Technical University Affiliated: Yes


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.