Bonetto, E, Delouvée, S, Mahfud, Y and Adam-Troian, J (2021) National identification, a social cure for COVID-19? Evidence from 67 countries. International Journal of Social Psychiatry. ISSN 0020-7640

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<jats:sec><jats:title>Background:</jats:title><jats:p> Social distancing and mass quarantines were implemented worldwide in response to the current COVID-19 pandemic. Prior research has shown that such measures bear negative consequences for population mental health and well-being. Conversely, a growing body of evidence suggests that feeling positively identified with a group is associated with physical and mental health benefits. </jats:p></jats:sec><jats:sec><jats:title>Aims:</jats:title><jats:p> This study tested whether national identification could promote wellbeing and physical health during the COVID-19 pandemic. </jats:p></jats:sec><jats:sec><jats:title>Method:</jats:title><jats:p> We used survey data conducted among 67 countries ( N = 46,450). </jats:p></jats:sec><jats:sec><jats:title>Results:</jats:title><jats:p> Mixed-model analyses revealed that national identity was associated with wellbeing – despite adjustment on social belonging, COVID-19 perceived risk, exposure and ideology. This effect did not extend to physical health. </jats:p></jats:sec><jats:sec><jats:title>Conclusions:</jats:title><jats:p> These results suggest that the mere feeling of belonging to a national group may have mental health benefits. We discuss the implications of our findings within the social cure framework and their relevance for population mental health under COVID-19. </jats:p></jats:sec>

Item Type: Article
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Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
Divisions: Faculty of Natural Sciences > School of Psychology
Depositing User: Symplectic
Date Deposited: 15 Oct 2021 13:41
Last Modified: 15 Oct 2021 13:41

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