Date Approved


Degree Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department or School


Committee Member

Natalie Dove, Ph.D.

Committee Member

Joseph Breza, Ph.D.

Committee Member

Stephen Jefferson, Ph.D.


The present study cross-sectionally investigated the moderating effect of vaccination status on the relationship between COVID-19 related anxiety and functional impairment, and the moderating effect of health literacy on the relationship between source of COVID-19 information (e.g., healthcare providers, public health organizations, liberal media outlets, and conservative media outlets) and preventative measure compliance. Participants (N = 126) completed an online survey via Prolific that measured their functional impairment, anxiety, health literacy, precaution compliance, and level of trust of various sources of COVID-19 information. Vaccination status did not significantly moderate the relationship between participants’ anxiety and functional impairment, and health literacy only significantly moderated the relationship between trust in conservative media outlets and compliance to preventative measures. Given that the results of this study contrast with much of the previous literature, more research is needed to identify mitigating factors to the obstacles of compliance, ensure that individuals can resume a life of normalcy as quickly as possible, and reduce the loss of life if faced with a similar situation in the future.

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