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Us and the virus: understanding the COVID-19 pandemic through a social psychological lens

C. Rudert, Selma, Gleibs, Ilka H. ORCID: 0000-0002-9913-250X, Gollwitzer, Mario, V. Hajek, Katharina, S. Harth, Nicole, A. Häusser, Jan, Imhoff, Roland and Schneider, Dana (2022) Us and the virus: understanding the COVID-19 pandemic through a social psychological lens. European Psychologist. ISSN 1016-9040

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From a social psychological perspective, the COVID-19 pandemic and its associated protective measures affected individuals’ social relations and their basic psychological needs. We aim to identify sources of need frustration (stressors) and possibilities to bolster need satisfaction (buffers). Particularly, we highlight emerging empirical research in areas in which social psychological theorizing can contribute to our understanding of the pandemic’s social consequences: Loneliness, social networks, role conflicts, social identity, compliance, trust, reactance, and conspiracy beliefs. We highlight directions for future social psychological research as the pandemic continues.

Item Type: Article
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Additional Information: © 2021 Hogrefe Publishing
Divisions: Psychological and Behavioural Science
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
Date Deposited: 12 Jul 2021 10:36
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 03:24

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