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Socio-cultural values are risk factors for COVID-19-related mortality

Endress, A. ORCID: 0000-0003-4086-5167 (2022). Socio-cultural values are risk factors for COVID-19-related mortality. Cross-Cultural Research, 56(2-3), pp. 150-184. doi: 10.1177/10693971211067050


To assess whether socio-cultural values are population-level risk factors for health, I sought to predict COVID-19-related mortality between 2 weeks and 6 months after the first COVID-19-related death in a country based on values extracted from the World Values Survey for different country-sets, after controlling for various confounding variables. COVID-19-related mortality was increased in countries endorsing political participation, but decreased in countries with greater trust in institutions and materialistic orientations. The values were specific to COVID-19-related mortality, did not predict general health-outcomes, and values predicting increased COVID-19-related mortality predicted decreased mortality from other outcomes (e.g., environmental-related mortality).

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Publisher Keywords: Socio-cultural values; COVID-19; environmental health; risk factors
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
Q Science > QR Microbiology
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
Departments: School of Health & Psychological Sciences > Psychology
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