Quotation Willems, Jurgen. 2020. Citizens prosocial behavior in times of crisis. WWTF lecture series: Vienna researchers Corona, Online, 09.12.20




Austrians felt they could help others less in the corona-lock down, compared to one year before the crisis, but still feel helped by others. This is the output of a quantitative comparison of survey data collected in 2019 and 2020. Further qualitative exploration suggests that the social distancing is a major reason for not being able to help others, as social contact is often seen as a condition to help others. However, having the feeling of being helped by others – and thus be more dependent on others – relates negative with how people help others themselves, and with prosocial intentions and public service motivation. Moreover, people that felt more helped by others were also less satisfied about the corona measures and how other citizens (did not) comply with these measures.


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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Unpublished lecture
Language English
Title Citizens prosocial behavior in times of crisis
Event WWTF lecture series: Vienna researchers Corona
Location Online
Event country Austria
Date Dec. 9, 2020


Prosocial behavior and citizenship in COVID-19 times
Willems, Jurgen (Details)
Institute for Public Management and Governance IN (Details)
Research areas (ÖSTAT Classification 'Statistik Austria')
5234 Administrative science (Details)
5308 Management sciences (Details)
6906 Public research (Details)
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