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From Individual to Social Trauma: Sources of Everyday Trauma in Italy, the US and UK during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Masiero, M., Mazzocco, K., Harnois, C., Cropley, Mark and Pravettoni, G. (2020) From Individual to Social Trauma: Sources of Everyday Trauma in Italy, the US and UK during the COVID-19 Pandemic Journal of Trauma and Dissociation.

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Abstract

The heterogeneity of COVID-19 experience and response for each individual is irrefutable; nevertheless, similarities can be observed between countries with respect to people’s psychological responses. The main aim of this Commentary is to provide a cultural perspective of the sources of trauma, at the individual and social level, in three different countries: Italy, US and UK. The evidence from previous outbreaks, such as SARS, H1N1 flu, Ebola, and the ongoing Italian, the US and the UK experience of COVID-19 shows that COVID-19 has introduced not only an individual trauma, but also a collective trauma, that researchers should attend to now and in future global emergencies. Future clinical interventions should aim to reconnect dissociated parts both in the individual and in society. This commentary discusses four potential sources of trauma: high-stakes decision fatigue in healthcare professionals, traumatic grief and bereavement in people who have lost loved ones, loss of roles and identity, and social divisions related to economic shutdown.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences > School of Psychology
Authors :
NameEmailORCID
Masiero, M.
Mazzocco, K.
Harnois, C.
Cropley, MarkMark.Cropley@surrey.ac.uk
Pravettoni, G.
Date : 18 June 2020
Uncontrolled Keywords : decision fatigue; personality; trauma; vicarious traumatization; moral injury
Depositing User : James Marshall
Date Deposited : 24 Jun 2020 12:41
Last Modified : 24 Jun 2020 12:41
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/858054

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