Special Issue "Mental Health in Times of Pandemic: Protective and Risk Factors"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 1 September 2021.
Interests: mental health; alcohol and substance use; preventive interventions
Interests: mental health; resilience
The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic is having serious consequences for the health of individuals. Worldwide, millions of people have died, and the number of victims is expected to increase. Other than these terrible immediate effects, the pandemic is likely to have some equally worrying long-term effects. According to WHO, one of these effects will definitely concern the mental health of individuals. The pandemic has brought about numerous changes in life which are likely to have substantive implications on mental health, such as: social distancing, the restrictions to individual freedom, the fear of a still relatively unknown virus, the economic crisis due to the pandemic, and the loss of loved ones are factors likely to differently affect the mental health of all individuals. In addition, as some studies have already started to show, the effects of the pandemic on people, including on their mental health, may be different depending on various factors (i.e., age, SES, and social support, to name a few).
In this Special Issue, we aim to fill the research gap regarding the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on mental health. Therefore, we welcome articles, reviews, and commentaries that will shed a light on:
- The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the mental health of individuals in different sociodemographic groups (e.g., age, gender, ethnicity, immigration status, SES);
- The identification of risk and protective factors that put individuals at more vs. less at risk for mental health problems during the pandemic period;
- Effective intervention strategies to prevent the negative psychological effects of the pandemic for all or for different sociodemographic groups.
Quantitative, qualitative, case-studies, or mixed-methods studies are welcomed.
Dr. Fabrizia Giannotta
Dr. Yunhwan Kim
Manuscript Submission Information
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- Mental health
- Older Adults
- Socioeconomic differences
- Protective factors
- Preventive interventions