(CZ) New article by OUSHI researchers got published by renown APA journal

(CZ) New article by OUSHI researchers got published by renown APA journal

New article by OUSHI researchers got published by renown APA journal
Fear, anger and hopelessness were the most frequent traumatic emotional responses in
the general public during the first stage of outbreak of the COVID-19 epidemic in the
Czech Republic according to a report published in the journal Psychological Trauma:
Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy (2020, advanced online publication, American
Psychological Association).
Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy, a distinguished
scientific source, has published a report describing the emotional responses of the
Czech population to the COVID-19 outbreak and the pessimistic communication tone
used by the Czech mass media.
“The four most frequent categories of fear were determined as follows: fear of the
negative impact on household finances, fear of the negative impact on the household
finances of significant others, fear of the unavailability of health care, and fear of an
insufficient food supply,” says Radek Trnka, PhD, a senior researcher at the Olomouc
University Social Health Institute. Trnka and Lorencova synthesized all available data
on emotional reactions to the COVID-19 outbreak into a comprehensive picture of
ongoing public emotional response to the crisis.
“One of the most interesting findings was that women indicated fear more often than
men, while men were rather inclined to experience anger. Interestingly, a large
proportion of the sample, 39% of all participants, did not show any substantial
psychological trauma and reported that they felt relatively fine,” says Lorencova.
This study, published in the journal Psychological Trauma, clearly shows that the
communication used by the Czech mass media during the outbreak of the COVID-19
epidemic was a representative example of a traumatizing form of media
communication during an epidemic. Trnka claims: “Well, the media can play a crucial
role for enhancing well-being in a population during times of unprecedented crises
like the COVID-19 pandemic; however, when they choose a proper and ethical form
of communication”.

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