Journal article

The Psychological Roots of Anti-Vaccination Attitudes: A 24-Nation Investigation

Matthew J Hornsey, Emily A Harris, Kelly S Fielding

HEALTH PSYCHOLOGY | AMER PSYCHOLOGICAL ASSOC | Published : 2018

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: Strengthening of antivaccination movements in recent decades has coincided with unprecedented increases in the incidence of some communicable diseases. Many intervention programs work from a deficit model of science communication, presuming that vaccination skeptics lack the ability to access or understand evidence. However, interventions focusing on evidence and the debunking of vaccine-related myths have proven to be either nonproductive or counterproductive. Working from a motivated reasoning perspective, we examine the psychological factors that might motivate people to reject scientific consensus around vaccination. To assist with international generalizability, we examine th..

View full abstract

Grants

Awarded by Australian Research Council


Funding Acknowledgements

The work reported in the current paper was supported by funding from the Australian Research Council (DP120100961).