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Description: As you may or may not have noticed, I (Mike Boyes) have been posting discussions of and links to articles on the Psychology of Covid-19 since March 2020 (search Covid on this site to see the results). Recently we are starting to see posted, peer-reviewed research articles presenting studies that wee conceived, conducted, and completed since the start of the initial Covid lockdowns in March. What sorts of research has been done looking at Psychological reactions to the pandemic? Well, what sorts of studies would you have conducted? Think about that for a moment or two and then go and have a look at the array of 26 article collected together by the editors of the linked Frontiers in Psychology site. There will certainly be one or a few articles you will find interesting.

Source: Coronovirus Disease (Covid-19): Psychological Reactions to the Pandemic — Research Topic, Frontiers in Psychology, edited by Joanna Sokolowska, Peter Ayton, and Eduard Brandstatter.

Date: September 30, 2020

Photo Credit:  Image by Miroslava Chrienova from Pixabay

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So? What sorts of things caught your attention? Individual differences in Covid fear? Factors in risk overgeneralization? Cross cultural factors in mask use? Introverts (or extroverts) and social isolation? Factors influencing rule-respect behaviors? The meaning of living in Covid times? Certainly, lots to pick from and clear evidence of the breadth and social relevance of research in Psychology regarding current issues and challenges. If you did not find anything of interest, search Covid on this site and see if something else I posted on relating to the Psychology of Covid catches your eye.

Questions for Discussion:

  1. What stuck out for you in the array of studies on Psychological reactions to the Pandemic?
  2. Were there any studies you read that raised additional questions you would like to see research on?
  3. What areas were you hoping to see research in but did not?

References (Read Further):

Sun, N., Wei, L., Shi, S., Jiao, D., Song, R., Ma, L., … & Liu, S. (2020). A qualitative study on the psychological experience of caregivers of COVID-19 patients. American journal of infection control, 48(6), 592-598. Link

Shechter, A., Diaz, F., Moise, N., Anstey, D. E., Ye, S., Agarwal, S., … & Claassen, J. (2020). Psychological distress, coping behaviors, and preferences for support among New York healthcare workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. General hospital psychiatry, 66, 1-8. Link

Chen, S., & Bonanno, G. A. (2020). Psychological adjustment during the global outbreak of COVID-19: A resilience perspective. Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy, 12(S1), S51. Link

Ho, C. S., Chee, C., & Ho, R. (2020). Mental health strategies to combat the psychological impact of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) beyond paranoia and panic. Ann Acad Med Singapore, 49(3), 1-6. Link

Luchetti, M., Lee, J. H., Aschwanden, D., Sesker, A., Strickhouser, J. E., Terracciano, A., & Sutin, A. R. (2020). The trajectory of loneliness in response to COVID-19. American Psychologist. Link

Cullen, W., Gulati, G., & Kelly, B. D. (2020). Mental health in the Covid-19 pandemic. QJM: An International Journal of Medicine, 113(5), 311-312. Link