Multiple group membership, optimistic bias and infection risk in the context of emerging infectious diseases

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Frings, D., Wills, J., Sykes, S., Wood, K. and Albery, I. (2023). Multiple group membership, optimistic bias and infection risk in the context of emerging infectious diseases. European Journal of Health Psychology. https://doi.org/10.1027/2512-8442/a000127
AuthorsFrings, D., Wills, J., Sykes, S., Wood, K. and Albery, I.
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BACKGROUND: Understanding psychosocial factors which impact responses to emerging infectious diseases (EIDs) is vital in managing epidemics and pandemics. Two under-researched areas in this field are the interactive roles of optimistic bias (underestimation of the likelihood of negative events occurring to the self, relative to others) and group membership (a factor observed to be psychologically protective, but infection risk enhancing). AIMS: The current study aimed to test the relationships between optimistic bias and membership of multiple groups upon EID related emotional and psychological responses and behavioural intentions. METHODS: Participants from the UK and US (N= 360) rated how they would evaluate and respond to a fictitious EID immediately before the 2020 COVID-19 lockdowns in a correlational study. RESULTS: Negative relationships were observed between optimistic bias and perceived infection vulnerability, infection prevention strategies and perceived EID severity. Multiple group membership correlated negatively with germ avoidance, but positively with emotional responses such as disgust and increased perceived vulnerability to infection – factors linked to avoiding infection. Multiple group memberships and optimistic bias were unrelated. LIMITATIONS: The study focussed on a fictitious disease and relies on cross-sectional data and behavioural intentions. CONCLUSIONS: These findings build upon the small evidence base on the role of optimistic bias in EID management and suggest that multiple group membership is unlikely to increase optimistic bias. The theoretical and practical implications of the findings for EID management are discussed.

Keywordsgroups; pandemic; communicable diseases; covid-19; optimistic bias; unrealistic optimism
Year2023
JournalEuropean Journal of Health Psychology
PublisherHogrefe
ISSN2512-8450
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1027/2512-8442/a000127
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Sykes, SM, Baillie, LJ, Thomas, B, Scotter, J and Martin, F (2017). Enhancing care transitions for older people through interprofessional simulation: a mixed method evaluation. International Journal of Integrated Care. 17 (6), pp. 1-13. https://doi.org/10.5334/ijic.3055
Obesity prevalence among healthcare professionals in England: a cross-sectional study using the health survey for England
Kyle, RG, Wills, JD, Mahoney, C, Hoyle, L, Kelly, M and Atherton, IM (2017). Obesity prevalence among healthcare professionals in England: a cross-sectional study using the health survey for England. BMJ Open. 7 (12). https://doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2017-018498
Study protocol for a randomised controlled trial of Allen Carr’s Easyway programme versus Lambeth and Southwark NHS service for smoking cessation.
Wood, KV, Albery, IP, Moss, AC, White, S and Frings, D (2017). Study protocol for a randomised controlled trial of Allen Carr’s Easyway programme versus Lambeth and Southwark NHS service for smoking cessation. BMJ Open. 7 (12), p. e016867. https://doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2017-016867
Healthy universities: an example of a whole-system health-promoting setting
Newton, J, Dooris, M and Wills, JD (2016). Healthy universities: an example of a whole-system health-promoting setting. Global Health Promotion. 23 (Supp 1), pp. 57 - 65. https://doi.org/10.1177/1757975915601037
Using community development to build critical health literacy
Sykes, SM, Wills, JD and Crichton, N (2016). Using community development to build critical health literacy. 4th Health Literacy Conference - Health Literacy. Glasgow 18 Mar 2016
Implicit and explicit drinker identities interactively predict in-the-moment alcohol placebo consumption
Frings, D, Melichar, L and Albery, IP (2016). Implicit and explicit drinker identities interactively predict in-the-moment alcohol placebo consumption. Addictive Behaviors Reports. 3, pp. 86-91. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.abrep.2016.04.002
Good to Go: Enhancing care transfers from hospital to home for older people with complex needs.
Thomas, B, Baillie, LJ, Martin, F, Sykes, SM and Scotter, J (2016). Good to Go: Enhancing care transfers from hospital to home for older people with complex needs. 16th International Conference on Integrated Care. Barcelona, Spain 23 - 25 May 2016
Enhancing care transfers from hospital to home for older people with complex needs
Baillie, LJ, Thomas, B, Martin, F, Sykes, SM and Scotter, J (2016). Enhancing care transfers from hospital to home for older people with complex needs. 16th International Conference on Integrated Care. Barcelona, Spain 23 - 25 May 2016 London South Bank University.
Troubled, Troubling or in Trouble: The Stories of ‘Troubled Families’
Wills, JD, Whittaker, AJ, Rickard, W and Felix, C (2016). Troubled, Troubling or in Trouble: The Stories of ‘Troubled Families’. British Journal of Social Work. 47 (4), pp. 989-1006. https://doi.org/10.1093/bjsw/bcw061
A test of the Social Identity Model of Cessation Maintenance: The content and role of social control
Frings, D, Collins, M, Long, G, Pinto, IR and Albery, IP (2016). A test of the Social Identity Model of Cessation Maintenance: The content and role of social control. Addictive Behaviors Reports. 3, pp. 77-85. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.abrep.2016.02.003
Are parents identifying positive aspects to parenting their child with an intellectual disability or are they just coping? A qualitative exploration
Beighton, C and Wills, JD (2016). Are parents identifying positive aspects to parenting their child with an intellectual disability or are they just coping? A qualitative exploration. Journal of Intellectual Disabilities. https://doi.org/10.1177/1744629516656073
How is rising obesity tackled in China and Europe?
Wills, JD and Liu, T (2016). How is rising obesity tackled in China and Europe? European Journal of Oriental Medicine. 8 (3).
Modeling the contribution of personality, social identity and social norms to problematic Facebook use in adolescents.
Marino, C, Vieno, A, Pastore, M, Albery, IP, Frings, D and Spada, MM (2016). Modeling the contribution of personality, social identity and social norms to problematic Facebook use in adolescents. Addictive Behaviors. 63 (Dec), pp. 51 - 56. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.addbeh.2016.07.001
Exploring the Alcohol-Behaviour Link: Myopic self-enhancement in the absence of alcohol consumption as a function of past alcohol use
Moss, AC, Albery, IP and Rahman, K (2016). Exploring the Alcohol-Behaviour Link: Myopic self-enhancement in the absence of alcohol consumption as a function of past alcohol use. Addictive Behaviors Reports. 4 (Dec), pp. 37-43. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.abrep.2016.07.002
Examining the relationship between selective attentional bias for food- and body-related stimuli and purging behaviour in bulimia nervosa
Albery, IP, Wilcockson, TDW, Frings, D, Moss, AC, Caselli, G and Spada, MM (2016). Examining the relationship between selective attentional bias for food- and body-related stimuli and purging behaviour in bulimia nervosa. Appetite. 107 (Dec), pp. 208 - 212. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.appet.2016.08.006
Desire thinking as a predictor of craving and binge drinking: A longitudinal study.
Martino, F, Caselli, G, Felicetti, F, Rampioni, M, Romanelli, P, Troiani, L, Sandra, S, Albery, IP and Spada, MM (2016). Desire thinking as a predictor of craving and binge drinking: A longitudinal study. Addictive Behaviors. 64, pp. 118 - 122. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.addbeh.2016.08.046
Exploring the Relationship between Sexual Compulsivity and Attentional Bias to Sex-Related Words in a Cohort of Sexually Active Individuals.
Albery, IP, Lowry, J, Frings, D, Johnson, HL, Hogan, C and Moss, AC (2016). Exploring the Relationship between Sexual Compulsivity and Attentional Bias to Sex-Related Words in a Cohort of Sexually Active Individuals. European Addiction Research. 23 (1), pp. 1 - 6. https://doi.org/10.1159/000448732
What works to encourage student nurses to adopt healthier lifestyles? Findings from an intervention study.
Wills, JD and Kelly, M (2016). What works to encourage student nurses to adopt healthier lifestyles? Findings from an intervention study. Nurse Education Today. 48, pp. 180-184. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.nedt.2016.10.011
Impact of alcohol promoting and alcohol warning advertisements on alcohol consumption, affect, and implicit cognition in heavy drinking young adults: a laboratory-based randomized controlled trial
Stautz, K, Albery, IP, Frings, D, Moss, AC and Marteau, T (2016). Impact of alcohol promoting and alcohol warning advertisements on alcohol consumption, affect, and implicit cognition in heavy drinking young adults: a laboratory-based randomized controlled trial. British Journal of Health Psychology. 22 (1), pp. 128-150. https://doi.org/10.1111/bjhp.12221
Dyads experience over confidence in hand-eye coordination skills after placebo alcohol
Frings, D, Albery, IP, Rolph, K, Leczfalvy, A, Smaczny, S and Moss, AC (2016). Dyads experience over confidence in hand-eye coordination skills after placebo alcohol. Journal of Applied Social Psychology. 3 (47), pp. 148-157. https://doi.org/10.1111/jasp.12418
Crime Victims’ Demographics Inconsistently Relate to Self-Reported Vulnerability
Aihio, N, Frings, D, Wilcock, R and Burrell, P (2016). Crime Victims’ Demographics Inconsistently Relate to Self-Reported Vulnerability. Psychiatry, Psychology and Law. 24 (3), pp. 379-391. https://doi.org/10.1080/13218719.2016.1247418
Testing a frequency of exposure hypothesis in attentional bias for alcohol-related stimuli amongst social drinkers
Albery, I., Sharma, D., Noyce, S., Frings, D. and Moss, A. (2015). Testing a frequency of exposure hypothesis in attentional bias for alcohol-related stimuli amongst social drinkers. Addictive Behaviors Reports. 1, pp. 68-72. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.abrep.2015.05.001
The effects of responsible drinking messages on attentional allocation and drinking behaviour.
Moss, AC, Albery, IP, Dyer, KR, Frings, D, Humphreys, K, Inkelaar, T, Harding, E and Speller, A (2015). The effects of responsible drinking messages on attentional allocation and drinking behaviour. Addictive Behaviors. 44, pp. 94 - 101. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.addbeh.2014.11.035
Neknomination': Predictors in a sample of UK university students
Moss, AC, Spada, MM, Harkin, J, Albery, IP, Rycroft, N and Nikčević, AV (2015). Neknomination': Predictors in a sample of UK university students. Addictive Behaviors Reports. 1, pp. 73 - 75. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.abrep.2015.05.003
The role of group membership continuity and multiple memberships on mental well-being amongst post-operative stoma patients
Bule, B and Frings, D (2015). The role of group membership continuity and multiple memberships on mental well-being amongst post-operative stoma patients. Psychooncology. 25 (6), pp. 726 - 728. https://doi.org/10.1002/pon.4006