Psycho-Social Factors Influencing Social Distancing among Residents of Ibadan Metropolis during Corona Virus Pandemic


  • Helen O. Osinowo Department of Psychology, University of Ibadan, Nigeria.
  • Ajibola Abdulrahamon Ishola Department of Psychology, University of Ibadan, Nigeria.


Social distancing behaviour, Conscientiousness personality trait, Illness perception, Self-efficacy, Knowledge of corona virus


The study investigated psycho-social factors influencing social distancing among residents of Ibadan metropolis. It is no more news that social distancing is one of the preventive measures against contracting Corona virus worldwide, even in Ibadan as a metropolis. Cross-sectional survey research design and data was gathered from three hundred (300) participants, residents in Ibadan. Majorly, participation in the study was through WhatsApp group and Instagram posts. Descriptive statistics such as frequencies and percentages, and inferential statistics such as Pearson r correlation and regression analysis were utilized as methods of data analysis. Descriptive statistics such as frequencies and percentages, and inferential statistics such as Pearson r correlation and regression analysis were utilized as methods of data analysis. Findings revealed that conscientiousness (β = .47; t = 2.12; P<.05), illness perception (β = .11; t = 3.27; p<.05), knowledge of covid-19 (β = .15; t = 2.58; P<.05) and self-efficacy (β = .38; t = 3.27; P<.01) and age (β = .06; t = 2.12; P<.05) were significant predictors of practice of social distancing. From the findings, it was recommended that efforts be made on the need to be conscientious in handling covid-19 related issues and news. Also, it was recommended that personality profile of tested individuals should be gotten such that there will be a big bank data on knowledge and attitude towards covid-19. This will inform those to be targeted for enforcing social distancing rules.


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Psycho-Social Factors Influencing Social Distancing among Residents of Ibadan Metropolis during Corona Virus Pandemic. (2024). NIGERIAN JOURNAL OF CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY, 11(1&amp;2), 76-97.

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