How does Social Trust affect the Covid-19 Response in Turkey?

The Human Development Monitor (IGM) research, carried out in collaboration with the INGEV Center for Social Studies and Istanbul Bilgi University Faculty of Communication, examined the perceptions and attitudes towards common good in Turkey and how it affects the response to Covid-19.

Although compliance with coronavirus measures may seem like an individual choice at first glance, it is actually a socially adaptive behavior that moves in parallel with the behaviors of others. Knowing what priorities and sensitivities others have affects our own behavior. Within the scope of Covid-19 measures, we wear our mask in a way that covers our mouth and nose in closed environments. In doing so, we feel that we are protecting ourselves and others from spread of the virus. Because we are so sensitive to their health and the common good of society, we think that others will be equally sensitive towards our health and thus we feel safe. However, the extent to which this dynamic will play out depends on the level of trust among individuals in the society as well as the similarity of their understanding of what constitutes common good.

Authored by Professor Halil Nalcaoglu (Dean, Istanbul Bilgi University, Faculty of Communication), the white paper based on the Human Development Monitor examines the relationship between trust and understanding of common good in Turkey, and presents an assessment on how these affect the response against Covid-19.

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