People who don’t like being told what to do by experts and hate following rules are more likely to end rejecting vaccines and use unproven alternatives to medicine, new research has found.
Researchers in the UK and Finland surveyed nearly 800 parents, and found a correlation between reactance – a negative response to having the impression your freedoms are being curtailed – and distrust of doctors.
“The vaccine recommendations given by authorities or the social pressure in society to get vaccinated may cause defiance in people who tend to react negatively when they feel that they are forced to do something or that someone is trying to persuade them,” said Anna Soveri of the University of Turku, Finland.
“Defiance can lead to scepticism towards medical doctors and negative attitudes towards vaccines, or even vaccine refusal.”
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