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Chinese public's panic buying at the beginning of COVID-19 outbreak: The contribution of perceived risk, social media use, and connection with close others.
Curr Psychol. 2022; 41(11):8157-8166.CP

Abstract

Panic buying is a globally witnessed behavior during the outbreak of COVID-19. This consumer behavior is related to many undesirable consequences, ranging from disrupting economic stability to hindering timely provision of supplies to those in dire need. As such, to understand the causes and underlying mechanisms of panic buying is crucial. Based on terror management theory, this study examined the contribution of perceived risk, social media use, and connection with close others to panic buying. Data were collected through an online survey from 972 Chinese citizens (65.9% female, M age = 33.69 years) at the beginning period of COVID-19 in early February 2020. The results found that individuals with a higher level of perceived risk were more prone to engage in panic buying, but this link was mitigated by connection with close others when individuals less used social media. Theoretically, this study advances the understandings of the psychological processes of panic buying during health crisis. Practically, alleviating individuals' perceived risk, establishing a healthy habit of social media use, and strengthening social ties are important to circumventing panic buying in times of COVID-19.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Department of Early Childhood Education, The Education University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, China.Department of Psychology and Research Center of Adolescent Psychology and Behavior, School of Education, Guangzhou University, Guangzhou, 510006 China. Developmental and Educational Psychology, Institute of Education, University College London, London, UK.Department of Psychology and Research Center of Adolescent Psychology and Behavior, School of Education, Guangzhou University, Guangzhou, 510006 China.Department of Psychology and Research Center of Adolescent Psychology and Behavior, School of Education, Guangzhou University, Guangzhou, 510006 China.

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

34334986

Citation

Li, Jian-Bin, et al. "Chinese Public's Panic Buying at the Beginning of COVID-19 Outbreak: the Contribution of Perceived Risk, Social Media Use, and Connection With Close Others." Current Psychology (New Brunswick, N.J.), vol. 41, no. 11, 2022, pp. 8157-8166.
Li JB, Zhang R, Wang LX, et al. Chinese public's panic buying at the beginning of COVID-19 outbreak: The contribution of perceived risk, social media use, and connection with close others. Curr Psychol. 2022;41(11):8157-8166.
Li, J. B., Zhang, R., Wang, L. X., & Dou, K. (2022). Chinese public's panic buying at the beginning of COVID-19 outbreak: The contribution of perceived risk, social media use, and connection with close others. Current Psychology (New Brunswick, N.J.), 41(11), 8157-8166. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12144-021-02072-0
Li JB, et al. Chinese Public's Panic Buying at the Beginning of COVID-19 Outbreak: the Contribution of Perceived Risk, Social Media Use, and Connection With Close Others. Curr Psychol. 2022;41(11):8157-8166. PubMed PMID: 34334986.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Chinese public's panic buying at the beginning of COVID-19 outbreak: The contribution of perceived risk, social media use, and connection with close others. AU - Li,Jian-Bin, AU - Zhang,Rui, AU - Wang,Lin-Xin, AU - Dou,Kai, Y1 - 2021/07/23/ PY - 2021/07/02/accepted PY - 2021/8/3/pubmed PY - 2021/8/3/medline PY - 2021/8/2/entrez KW - COVID-19 KW - Close relationship KW - Digital use KW - Excessive buying KW - Hoarding KW - Risk perception SP - 8157 EP - 8166 JF - Current psychology (New Brunswick, N.J.) JO - Curr Psychol VL - 41 IS - 11 N2 - Panic buying is a globally witnessed behavior during the outbreak of COVID-19. This consumer behavior is related to many undesirable consequences, ranging from disrupting economic stability to hindering timely provision of supplies to those in dire need. As such, to understand the causes and underlying mechanisms of panic buying is crucial. Based on terror management theory, this study examined the contribution of perceived risk, social media use, and connection with close others to panic buying. Data were collected through an online survey from 972 Chinese citizens (65.9% female, M age = 33.69 years) at the beginning period of COVID-19 in early February 2020. The results found that individuals with a higher level of perceived risk were more prone to engage in panic buying, but this link was mitigated by connection with close others when individuals less used social media. Theoretically, this study advances the understandings of the psychological processes of panic buying during health crisis. Practically, alleviating individuals' perceived risk, establishing a healthy habit of social media use, and strengthening social ties are important to circumventing panic buying in times of COVID-19. SN - 1046-1310 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/34334986/Chinese_public's_panic_buying_at_the_beginning_of_COVID_19_outbreak:_The_contribution_of_perceived_risk_social_media_use_and_connection_with_close_others_ DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -
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