Special Issue "COVID-19 Outbreak and Beyond: Psychological and Behavioral Responses and Future Perspectives"
A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 September 2021.
Interests: personality and individual differences; testing and assessment; clinical psychology; malingering
Interests: forensic psychology; human computer interaction; mouse tracking; machine learning
Interests: clinical psychology; forensic psychology; psychotherapy; personality and individual differences; testing and assessment
The COVID-19 pandemic drastically changed our lifestyle when, on 30 January 2020, the World Health Organization declared the coronavirus disease outbreak a public health emergency of international concern. Since then, many governments have introduced unprecedented containment measures, hoping to slow the spread of the virus. International researches suggest that both the pandemic and the related protective measures, such as lockdown, curfews, and social distancing, are having a profound impact on the mental health of the population. Among the most commonly observed psychological effects, there are high levels of stress, anxiety, depression, and post-traumatic symptoms, along with boredom and frustration. At the same time, the behavioral response of the population is of paramount importance to successfully contain the outbreak, creating a vicious circle in which the psychological distress impacts the willingness to comply with the protective measures, which in turn, if prolonged, could exacerbate the population’s distress. For this Special Issue, we welcome original studies on the worldwide psychological and behavioral impact of COVID-19 on targeted individuals (e.g., parents, social workers, patients affected by physical and mental disorders). Moreover, studies exploring the effect of COVID-19 using advanced statistical and methodological techniques (e.g., machine learning technologies) will be prioritized. Finally, researches with a focus on practical applications that could help identify persons at risk, mitigate the negative effects of this situation, and offer insights to policymakers to manage the pandemic are also highly welcomed.
Prof. Dr. Paolo Roma
Dr. Merylin Monaro
Dr. Cristina Mazza
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- psychological distress
- behavioral response
- advanced techniques
- health impairments
The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.
Title: Psychological Distress and Fear of COVID in Patients With Acute Myocardial Infarction during the COVID Pandemia
Authors: Marco Marotta, Francesca Gorini, Alessandra Parlanti, Kyriazoula Chatzianagnostou, Annamaria Mazzone, Sergio Berti, Cristina Vassalle
Affiliation: 1. Fondazione CNR-Regione Toscana G Monasterio, Pisa e Massa; 2. Institute of Clinical Physiology, National Research Council, Pisa, Italy
Abstract: Psychological Distress and Fear of COVID in Patients With Acute Myocardial Infarction during the COVID Pandemia
Title: Health Anxiety predicts the Perceived Dangerousness of COVID-19 over and above Intrusive Illness-related Thoughts, Contamination Symptoms, and State and Trait Negative Affect
Authors: Claudio Sica; Corrado Caudek; Silvia Cerea; Ilaria Colpizzi; Maria Caruso; Paolo Giulini; Gioia Bottesi
Affiliation: Department of General Psychology, University of Padova, via Venezia, 8, 35131, Padova, Italy
Abstract: In the present study we sought to clarify to what extent health anxiety (HA) holds a specific role in relation to the perceived dangerousness of COVID-19. Measures of COVID-19 perceived dangerousness, negative affect, anxiety, depression, contamination symptoms, intrusive illness-related thoughts, and HA were administered online to 742 individuals during the Italian National lockdown. Results showed that, after controlling for demographic variables, HA was the single most important factor associated to the perceived dangerousness of COVID-19. Moreover, a comparison between the scores of our sample with those obtained by similar individuals before the pandemic showed that anxiety, stress, depression, and contamination increased at a large or very large magnitude, whereas levels of HA increased at a medium size. This result may indicate that HA symptoms are as stable as a personality trait like negative affect. The specific role of HA symptoms emerged in this study adds robustness to the distinction of HA from other psychopathologies.
Title: Avoidance of healthcare utilization in South Korea during the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Pandemic
Authors: Minjung Lee; Myoungsoon You
Affiliation: Department of Public Health Sciences, Graduate School of Public Health, Seoul National University, Seoul 08826, Korea
Abstract: Background: Avoidance of healthcare utilization among the general population during pandemic outbreaks has been observed and it can lead to a negative impact on population health. The object of this study is to examine the influence of socio-demographic and health-related factors on the avoidance of healthcare utilization during the global outbreak of a novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in 2020. Methods: Data were collected through an online survey four weeks after the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) confirmed the first case in South Korea; 1,000 subjects were included in the analysis. The logit model for regression was used to analyze the associations between sociodemographic and health-related factors regarding the avoidance of healthcare utilization. Results: Among the participants, 73.2% avoided healthcare utilization, and there was no significant difference in the prevalence of healthcare avoidance between groups with (72.0%) and without (74.9%) an underlying disease. Sociodemographic characteristics (e.g., gender, age, income level, and residential area) related to healthcare avoidance. Among the investigated influencing factors, residential area (i.e., Daegu/Gyeoungbuk region) had the most significant effect on healthcare avoidance. Conclusions: The results reveal that not all societal groups share the burden of healthcare avoidance equally, with it disproportionately affecting those with certain sociodemographic characteristics. The study’s results can inform healthcare utilization patterns during emerging infectious disease outbreaks and provide information to public health emergency management for implementing strategies necessary to improve the preparedness of the healthcare system.