About the Acceptance of Wearing Face Masks in Times of a Pandemic

Faculty/Professorship: General Psychology and Methodology  
Author(s): Carbon, Claus-Christian  
Title of the Journal: i-Perception
ISSN: 2041-6695
Publisher Information: London : Sage Publishing
Year of publication: 2021
Volume: 12
Issue: 3
Pages: 14
Language(s): English
DOI: 10.1177/20416695211021114
Wearing face masks in times of COVID-19 is one of the essential keystones for effectively decreasing the rate of new infections and thus for mitigating the negative consequences for individuals as well as for society. Acceptance of wearing masks is still low in many countries, making it extremely difficult to keep the pandemic at bay. In an experimental study, participants (N = 88) had to assess how strange they felt when wearing a face mask while being exposed to displays of groups of varying numbers of mask wearers. Three different types of face masks were shown: simple homemade masks, FFP2 masks, and loop scarfs. The higher the frequency of people wearing masks in the displayed social group, the less strange the participants felt about themselves, an essential precondition for accepting wearing masks. This effect of a descriptive social norm was particularly effective when people saw others wearing less intrusive masks, here, simple homemade masks.
GND Keywords: Pandemie; COVID-19; Mund-Nasen-Schutz; Akzeptanz
Keywords: perceived strangeness, social acceptance, COVID-19, virus, face masks, psychology, pandemic
DDC Classification: 610 Medicine & health  
RVK Classification: YD 8600   
Peer Reviewed: Ja
International Distribution: Ja
Open Access Journal: Ja
Type: Article
URI: https://fis.uni-bamberg.de/handle/uniba/53052
Release Date: 31. January 2022