The fear of COVID-19 and its role in preventive behaviors

Pakpour, A.H. and Griffiths, M.D. ORCID: 0000-0001-8880-6524, 2020. The fear of COVID-19 and its role in preventive behaviors. Journal of Concurrent Disorders. ISSN 2562-7546

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Abstract

The economic and psychosocial consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic have been far-reaching and unprecedented around the world. These circumstances appear to have had profound psychological effects on all individuals worldwide. One psychological aspect of the COVID-19 pandemic is fear. This brief paper argues that assessing fear is important and is the key reason we co-developed the 'Fear of COVID-19 Scale' (FCV-19S). It is argued that without knowing the level of fear about COVID-19 among different groups by specific socio-demographic variables (e.g., gender, age, education, ethnicity, religiosity, etc.) and/or different psychological factors (e.g., personality type) it is difficult to know whether education and prevention programs are needed, and if they are needed which groups to target and where. The collation and application of such data could be used to devise targeted education and/or prevention programs to help overcome fear of COVID-19 and help such individuals to engage in preventative behaviors.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Journal of Concurrent Disorders
Creators: Pakpour, A.H. and Griffiths, M.D.
Publisher: Concurrent Disorders Society
Date: 3 April 2020
ISSN: 2562-7546
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Rights: © 2020 Pakpour, A.H. & Griffiths, M.D. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Depositing User: Jonathan Gallacher
Date Added: 06 Apr 2020 09:16
Last Modified: 06 Apr 2020 09:18
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/39561

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