Terror management and pandemic influenza : social perception and response / by Jeffrey W. Sole.
Sole, Jeffrey W.
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"Terror management theory provides a framework for investigating social responses likely to occur in the event of an influenza pandemic. The study predicted that where the threat of death from a pandemic was made salient in a relevant context involving a social outgroup, people would be more likely to behave aggressively toward those they perceived as threatening to their physical and symbolic existence. Concurrently, it was predicted that moderating personality traits--specifically Personal Need for Structure (PNS), self-esteem, and support for vaccination--would exaggerate or mitigate the likelihood of such aggression.