Adolescents’ and parents’ social representations of COVID-19

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The COVID-19 pandemic caused the confinement of the population in many parts of the world, with Spain being one of the most affected countries. This particular situation may have negative psychological consequences, depending on the experience of threat. This experience is influenced by what we think about COVID-19. The aim of this study was to analyze the social representations of COVID-19 in 61 adolescents and their families (81 parents), using a mixed design with cross-sectional data. We identified six basic categories that describe participants' social representation of COVID-19, highlighting the health and emotional domains. In conclusion, the social representation of coronavirus in adolescents and adults is similar in the medical and health domain, but differs in the fact that it is broader and more fear-driven in adults. Understanding adolescents' and adult's social representation regarding the coronavirus can be useful in orienting future psychological and emotional interventions during the pandemic.
Year of Publication
2021
Journal
Ansiedad y Estrés
Volume
27
Issue
2-3
Number of Pages
119-122
Date Published
10/2021
Type of Article
Journal article
ISSN Number
1134-7937
ISBN Number
2174-0437
DOI
10.5093/anyes2021a16