Evaluation of Distress and Risk Perception Associated with COVID-19 in Vulnerable Groups

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dc.contributor.author Orte, C.
dc.contributor.author Sánchez-Prieto, L.
dc.contributor.author Domínguez, D.C.
dc.contributor.author Barrientos-Báez, A.
dc.date.accessioned 2021-03-25T11:57:35Z
dc.date.available 2021-03-25T11:57:35Z
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11201/155362
dc.description.abstract [eng] Preventive behavior developed by the population is essential in the face of the risk of coronavirus infection (COVID-19). However, preventive measures will depend on the risk perception acquired. In addition, lockdown can directly affect mental health, provoking distress. Distress could affect risk perception. This study's objective was to analyze whether experiencing distress had an influence on risk perception with respect to vulnerable groups. The sample consisted of 806 participants. The study was conducted during the first week of lockdown declared by the Spanish Government. The Brief Symptom Inventory BSI-18 and a risk perception questionnaire about vulnerable groups was administered. The study revealed the appearance of distress in 9.6% of the sample (85.7% women). Experiencing distress influenced risk perception. This study's main contribution is the link between experiencing distress and the risk perception with respect to vulnerable groups. Risk perception is relevant since it can influence how the population faces the pandemic. Transmission of accurate information could help to minimize the effect of certain cognitive biases that affect risk perception and foster preventive behavior.
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dc.relation.isformatof https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17249207
dc.relation.ispartof International Journal Of Environmental Research And Public Health, 2020, vol. 17, num. 24, p. 9207 (1)-9207 (12)
dc.rights , 2020
dc.subject.classification 371 - Organització i gestió de l'educació i de l'ensenyament
dc.subject.classification 37 - Educació. Ensenyament. Formació. Temps lliure
dc.subject.other 371 - Teaching and training, school organization: educational systems
dc.subject.other 37 - Education
dc.title Evaluation of Distress and Risk Perception Associated with COVID-19 in Vulnerable Groups
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article
dc.date.updated 2021-03-25T11:57:36Z
dc.subject.keywords Distress
dc.subject.keywords covid-19
dc.rights.accessRights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess
dc.identifier.doi https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17249207

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