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Conspiracy beliefs in Britain and North Macedonia: A comparative study

Stojanov, Ana, Douglas, Karen (2021) Conspiracy beliefs in Britain and North Macedonia: A comparative study. International Journal of Psychology, . ISSN 0020-7594. (doi:10.1002/ijop.12801) (Access to this publication is currently restricted. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided) (KAR id:89453)

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Abstract

The psychological research on conspiracy beliefs to date has focused predominantly on conspiracy beliefs in Western democracies. The current study sought to fill this gap by examining beliefs in conspiracy theories in a democratic society and a society in transition. British (N=298) and Macedonian (N=312) participants completed an online questionnaire measuring conspiracy beliefs, trust in media and institutions and support for democratic principles. Macedonian participants endorsed conspiracy theories more than British. In addition, support for democratic principles, low trust in institutions and media were significant predictors of conspiracy beliefs. The relationship between trust and conspiracy beliefs was moderated by country, such that it was significantly stronger in the British group. This study draws attention to the need for cross-societal research on belief in conspiracy theories.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1002/ijop.12801
Uncontrolled keywords: conspiracy theories, democracy, transition, authoritarianism, predictors, conspiracy beliefs, support for democratic principles, trust
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Human and Social Sciences > School of Psychology
Depositing User: Karen Douglas
Date Deposited: 26 Jul 2021 12:03 UTC
Last Modified: 10 Feb 2022 16:04 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/89453 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Douglas, Karen: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-0381-6924
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