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The Impact of COVID-19 Epidemic Declaration on Psychological Consequences: A Study on Active Weibo Users
Sijia Li1,2; Yilin Wang1,3; Jia Xue4; Nan Zhao1; Tingshao Zhu1
First AuthorSijia Li
Corresponding AuthorZhao, Nan(zhaonan@psych.ac.cn) ; Zhu, Tingshao(tszhu@psych.ac.cn)
Correspondent Emailzhaonan@psych.ac.cn (n.z.) ; tszhu@psych.ac.cn (t.z.)
2020
Source PublicationInternational journal of environmental research and public health
Subtypearticle
Volume17Issue:6Pages:1-9
QuartileQ1
Contribution Rank1
Abstract

Abstract: COVID-19 (Corona Virus Disease 2019) has significantly resulted  in a large number of psychological consequences. The aim of this study is to explore the impacts of COVID-19 on people’s mental health, to assist policy makers to develop actionable policies, and help clinical practitioners (e.g., social workers, psychiatrists, and psychologists) provide timely services to affected populations. We sample and analyze the Weibo posts from 17,865 active Weibo users using the approach of Online Ecological Recognition (OER) based on several machine-learning predictive models. We calculated word frequency, scores of emotional indicators (e.g., anxiety, depression, indignation, and Oxford happiness) and cognitive indicators (e.g., social risk judgment and life satisfaction) from the collected data. The sentiment analysis and the paired sample t-test were performed to examine the differences in the same group before and after the declaration of COVID-19 on 20 January, 2020. The results showed that negative emotions (e.g., anxiety, depression and indignation) and sensitivity to social risks increased, while the scores of positive emotions (e.g., Oxford happiness) and life satisfaction decreased. People were concerned more about their health and family, while less about leisure and friends. The results contribute to the knowledge gaps of short-term individual changes in psychological conditions after the outbreak. It may provide references for policy makers to plan and fight against COVID-19 effectively by improving stability of popular feelings and urgently prepare clinical practitioners to deliver corresponding therapy foundations for the risk groups and affected people.

 

Keywordpublic health emergencie word frequency analysis mental health emotion cognition
DOI10.3390/ijerph17062032
Indexed BySSCI
Language英语
Funding OrganizationNational Natural Science Foundation of China
Funding ProjectNational Natural Science Foundation of China[31700984]
WOS Research AreaEnvironmental Sciences & Ecology ; Public, Environmental & Occupational Health
WOS SubjectEnvironmental Sciences ; Public, Environmental & Occupational Health
WOS IDWOS:000529342300222
PublisherMDPI
WOS KeywordPERSONALITY ; SCALE ; SARS
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Document Type期刊论文
Identifierhttp://ir.psych.ac.cn/handle/311026/31307
Collection社会与工程心理学研究室
Affiliation1.Institute of Psychology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing
2.Department of Psychology, University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing
3.Department of Psychology, Nankai University, Tianjin
4.Factor Inwentash Faculty of Social Work, University of Toronto, Toronto M5S 1A1, Canada
First Author AffilicationInstitute of Psychology, Chinese Academy of Sciences
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Sijia Li,Yilin Wang,Jia Xue,et al. The Impact of COVID-19 Epidemic Declaration on Psychological Consequences: A Study on Active Weibo Users[J]. International journal of environmental research and public health,2020,17(6):1-9.
APA Sijia Li,Yilin Wang,Jia Xue,Nan Zhao,&Tingshao Zhu.(2020).The Impact of COVID-19 Epidemic Declaration on Psychological Consequences: A Study on Active Weibo Users.International journal of environmental research and public health,17(6),1-9.
MLA Sijia Li,et al."The Impact of COVID-19 Epidemic Declaration on Psychological Consequences: A Study on Active Weibo Users".International journal of environmental research and public health 17.6(2020):1-9.
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