Gioia Bottesi

Towards a model of uncertainty distress in the context of Coronavirus (COVID-19): an empirical test in the Italian site

Required budget: 25.000 euro

The public health emergency of COVID-19 is promoting the maintenance of pervasive and enduring uncertainty. There are many unknowns about COVID-19 and they are changing over time. Main uncertainties relate to the unclear and unpredictable nature of the virus, its spread and progression, its containment and treatment, and its short- and long-term impact on several areas (e.g. individual and public health, livelihood, economy, etc.).

There is evidence that difficulties tolerating uncertainty usually trigger negative emotions and eventually promote the establishment of psychopathology. In the context of COVID-19, the absence of sufficient information increases uncertainties about how to cope with the pandemic, as well as emotional distress (i.e., feelings of anxiety, anger, frustration, guilt, sadness).

The current project is part of an international multisite study launched on February 2020 by the research team UNiCORN (UNcertainty in COronavirus Research Network, https://www.covid19an.com/). UNiCORN members are Italian, British (Newcastle University, Durham University), Spanish (Biomedical Research Institute of Malaga), Canadian (Dalhousie University), and Greek (University of Macedonia) researchers and clinical psychologists with experience in the field of intolerance of uncertainty. The study aims at understanding the psychological mechanisms promoting emotional distress in the context of COVID-19, with the final goal of identifying, implementing, and disseminating cross-culturally valid, evidence-based guidelines for psychological interventions. Data will be collected by means of an online survey and exact information about when (date) and where (latitude and longitude) each completion takes place will be registered; this will allow to interpret findings in light of the current specific COVID-19 situation.

Gioia Bottesi

Towards a model of uncertainty distress in the context of Coronavirus (COVID-19): an empirical test in the Italian site

Required budget: 25.000 euro

The public health emergency of COVID-19 is promoting the maintenance of pervasive and enduring uncertainty. There are many unknowns about COVID-19 and they are changing over time. Main uncertainties relate to the unclear and unpredictable nature of the virus, its spread and progression, its containment and treatment, and its short- and long-term impact on several areas (e.g. individual and public health, livelihood, economy, etc.).

There is evidence that difficulties tolerating uncertainty usually trigger negative emotions and eventually promote the establishment of psychopathology. In the context of COVID-19, the absence of sufficient information increases uncertainties about how to cope with the pandemic, as well as emotional distress (i.e., feelings of anxiety, anger, frustration, guilt, sadness).

The current project is part of an international multisite study launched on February 2020 by the research team UNiCORN (UNcertainty in COronavirus Research Network, https://www.covid19an.com/). UNiCORN members are Italian, British (Newcastle University, Durham University), Spanish (Biomedical Research Institute of Malaga), Canadian (Dalhousie University), and Greek (University of Macedonia) researchers and clinical psychologists with experience in the field of intolerance of uncertainty. The study aims at understanding the psychological mechanisms promoting emotional distress in the context of COVID-19, with the final goal of identifying, implementing, and disseminating cross-culturally valid, evidence-based guidelines for psychological interventions. Data will be collected by means of an online survey and exact information about when (date) and where (latitude and longitude) each completion takes place will be registered; this will allow to interpret findings in light of the current specific COVID-19 situation.