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Examining the Impact of COVID-19 Lockdown in Wuhan and Lombardy: A Psycholinguistic Analysis on Weibo and Twitter
Su, Yue1,2; Xue, Jia3,4; Liu, Xiaoqian1; Wu, Peijing1,2,5; Chen, Junxiang6; Chen, Chen7; Liu, Tianli8; Gong, Weigang9; Zhu, Tingshao1,2
First AuthorSu, Yue
Correspondent Emailjia.xue@utoronto.ca (j.x.) ; liuxiaoqian@psych.ac.cn (x.l.)
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Abstract

Many countries are taking strict quarantine policies to prevent the rapid spread of COVID-19 (Corona Virus Disease 2019) around the world, such as city lockdown. Cities in China and Italy were locked down in the early stage of the pandemic. The present study aims to examine and compare the impact of COVID-19 lockdown on individuals' psychological states in China and Italy. We achieved the aim by (1) sampling Weibo users (geo-location = Wuhan, China) and Twitter users (geo-location = Lombardy, Italy); (2) fetching all the users' published posts two weeks before and after the lockdown in each region (e.g., the lockdown date of Wuhan was 23 January 2020); (3) extracting the psycholinguistic features of these posts using the Simplified Chinese and Italian version of Language Inquiry and Word Count (LIWC) dictionary; and (4) conducting Wilcoxon tests to examine the changes in the psycholinguistic characteristics of the posts before and after the lockdown in Wuhan and Lombardy, respectively. Results showed that individuals focused more on "home", and expressed a higher level of cognitive process after a lockdown in both Wuhan and Lombardy. Meanwhile, the level of stress decreased, and the attention to leisure increased in Lombardy after the lockdown. The attention to group, religion, and emotions became more prevalent in Wuhan after the lockdown. Findings provide decision-makers timely evidence on public reactions and the impacts on psychological states in the COVID-19 context, and have implications for evidence-based mental health interventions in two countries.

Keywordimpact of COVID-19 lockdown public health emergencies psycholinguistic analysis psychological states
2020-06-01
Language英语
DOI10.3390/ijerph17124552
Source PublicationINTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH AND PUBLIC HEALTH
ISSN1660-4601
Volume17Issue:12Pages:10
Subtypearticle
Indexed BySCI
Funding ProjectChina Social Science Fund[17AZD041]
PublisherMDPI
WOS KeywordDICTIONARY ; OUTBREAK ; CHINESE ; LIWC
WOS Research AreaEnvironmental Sciences & Ecology ; Public, Environmental & Occupational Health
WOS SubjectEnvironmental Sciences ; Public, Environmental & Occupational Health
WOS IDWOS:000549424400001
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Document Type期刊论文
Identifierhttp://ir.psych.ac.cn/handle/311026/32265
Collection中国科学院行为科学重点实验室
Corresponding AuthorXue, Jia; Liu, Xiaoqian
Affiliation1.Chinese Acad Sci, Inst Psychol, CAS Key Lab Behav Sci, Beijing 100101, Peoples R China
2.Univ Chinese Acad Sci, Dept Psychol, Beijing 100049, Peoples R China
3.Univ Toronto, Factor Inwentash Fac Social Work, Toronto, ON M5S 1A1, Canada
4.Univ Toronto, Fac Informat, Toronto, ON M5S 1A1, Canada
5.Beijing Univ Posts & Telecommun, Sch Comp, Beijing 100876, Peoples R China
6.Univ Pittsburgh, Sch Med, Pittsburgh, PA 15260 USA
7.Univ Toronto, Middleware Syst Res Grp, Toronto, ON M5S 1A1, Canada
8.Peking Univ, Inst Populat, Beijing 100871, Peoples R China
9.Wuhan Univ, Sch Sociol, Wuhan 430072, Peoples R China
First Author AffilicationKey Laboratory of Behavioral Science, CAS
Corresponding Author AffilicationKey Laboratory of Behavioral Science, CAS
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Su, Yue,Xue, Jia,Liu, Xiaoqian,et al. Examining the Impact of COVID-19 Lockdown in Wuhan and Lombardy: A Psycholinguistic Analysis on Weibo and Twitter[J]. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH AND PUBLIC HEALTH,2020,17(12):10.
APA Su, Yue.,Xue, Jia.,Liu, Xiaoqian.,Wu, Peijing.,Chen, Junxiang.,...&Zhu, Tingshao.(2020).Examining the Impact of COVID-19 Lockdown in Wuhan and Lombardy: A Psycholinguistic Analysis on Weibo and Twitter.INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH AND PUBLIC HEALTH,17(12),10.
MLA Su, Yue,et al."Examining the Impact of COVID-19 Lockdown in Wuhan and Lombardy: A Psycholinguistic Analysis on Weibo and Twitter".INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH AND PUBLIC HEALTH 17.12(2020):10.
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