Aarhus Universitets segl

Development and validation of the pandemic fatigue scale

Publikation: Bidrag til tidsskrift/Konferencebidrag i tidsskrift /Bidrag til avisTidsskriftartikelForskningpeer review


  • Lau Lilleholt, Københavns Universitet
  • ,
  • Ingo Zettler, Københavns Universitet
  • ,
  • Cornelia Betsch, University of Erfurt, Bernhard Nocht Institute for Tropical Medicine
  • ,
  • Robert Böhm, Københavns Universitet, University of Vienna

The existence and nature of pandemic fatigue–defined as a gradually emerging subjective state of weariness and exhaustion from, and a general demotivation towards, following recommended health-protective behaviors, including keeping oneself informed during a pandemic–has been debated. Herein, we introduce the Pandemic Fatigue Scale and show how pandemic fatigue evolved during the COVID-19 pandemic, using data from one panel survey and two repeated cross-sectional surveys in Denmark and Germany (overall N = 34,582). We map the correlates of pandemic fatigue and show that pandemic fatigue is negatively related to people’s self-reported adherence to recommended health-protective behaviors. Manipulating the (de)motivational aspect of pandemic fatigue in a preregistered online experiment (N = 1584), we further show that pandemic fatigue negatively affects people’s intention to adhere to recommended health-protective behaviors. Combined, these findings provide evidence not only for the existence of pandemic fatigue, but also its psychological and behavioral associations.

TidsskriftNature Communications
Antal sider19
StatusUdgivet - dec. 2023

Se relationer på Aarhus Universitet Citationsformater

ID: 352042029