COVID‐19 cases correlates with greater acceptance coping in flexible cultures : A cross‐cultural study in 26 countries

Xiaoyu ZHOU, Alexander Scott ENGLISH*, Steve J. KULICH, Lu ZHENG, Global COVID Project Members, Wai Lan Victoria YEUNG

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The current study examines whether the prevalence of COVID-19 cases and cultural flexibility correlate to one's use of acceptance coping across 26 cultures. We analyzed data from 7476 participants worldwide at the start of the first outbreak from March 2020 to June 2020. Results showed that cultural flexibility moderated the relationship between COVID-19 cases and individuals' acceptance coping strategies. Specifically, for cultures with high flexibility, COVID-19 cases correlated with more acceptance coping; for cultures with low flexibility, COVID-19 cases correlated with less acceptance coping. This result demonstrates how participants from flexible cultures can coexist with the realistic challenges and suffering faced during this pandemic.
Original languageEnglish
Article numbere12919
JournalSocial and Personality Psychology Compass
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 6 Dec 2023

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Prof. Victoria Yeung is a member of Global COVID Project.

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