Systematic Review of The Relationship between Trust in Government and Rumor-related Behavior during The Covid-19

  • Guang Yu Chen School of Communication, Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM), 11800, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia.
  • Hasrina Mustafa School of Communication, Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM), 11800 Pulau Pinang. Malaysia.
Keywords: Rumor, Misinformation, Trust, Government, Covid-19, Systematic Review


This paper conducts a systematic review of articles on trust in government and rumor-related behavior published during the Covid-19 pandemic (2020-2022). This systematic review seeks to answer two questions: first, whether there is a link between trust in government and rumor-related behavior; and second, whether there are any recommendations for the government to reduce the negative impact of rumors and improve government reputation. According to the PRISMA guideline, we chose 11 articles for discussion from the Scopus, PubMed, and Web of Science databases. According to the findings, increased trust in government can promote positive health behaviors. Furthermore, we found some suggestions for the government to reduce the negative impact of rumors while maintaining trust levels.


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How to Cite
Chen, G. Y. and Mustafa, H. (2022) “Systematic Review of The Relationship between Trust in Government and Rumor-related Behavior during The Covid-19”, Malaysian Journal of Social Sciences and Humanities (MJSSH), 7(8), p. e001691. doi: 10.47405/mjssh.v7i8.1691.