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Individual in the grip of Covid-19: psychological consequences of the epidemic and protective measures to contain the spread of infection

Research activity

Code Science Field Subfield
5.09.00  Social sciences  Psychology   

Code Science Field
5.01  Social Sciences  Psychology and cognitive sciences 
Covid-19, mental health, psychological consequences, interpersonal relationships, psychological resilience
Evaluation (rules)
source: COBISS
Data for the last 5 years (citations for the last 10 years) on May 23, 2024; A3 for period 2018-2022
Data for ARIS tenders ( 04.04.2019 – Programme tender, archive )
Database Linked records Citations Pure citations Average pure citations
WoS  405  56,663  55,997  138.26 
Scopus  430  83,978  83,198  193.48 
Researchers (19)
no. Code Name and surname Research area Role Period No. of publicationsNo. of publications
1.  56343  Polonca Borko  Psychology  Researcher  2022 - 2024  22 
2.  54444  Monika Brdnik  Psychology  Researcher  2021 - 2023  18 
3.  32135  PhD Diego De Leo  Public health (occupational safety)  Researcher  2021 - 2024  438 
4.  51190  Mojca Dolinar    Technical associate  2021 - 2022 
5.  56587  Polona Jančar  Psychology  Researcher  2022 - 2024 
6.  19176  PhD Helena Jeriček Klanšček  Public health (occupational safety)  Researcher  2021 - 2024  405 
7.  36781  PhD Vesna Jug  Psychology  Researcher  2021 - 2024  85 
8.  53208  Nina Krohne  Psychology  Junior researcher  2021 - 2024  69 
9.  17892  PhD Robert Masten  Psychology  Researcher  2021 - 2024  321 
10.  34313  PhD Tina Podlogar  Psychiatry  Researcher  2021 - 2022  133 
11.  28757  PhD Vita Poštuvan  Psychology  Head  2021 - 2024  530 
12.  22821  PhD Saška Roškar  Psychiatry  Researcher  2021 - 2024  361 
13.  56313  Eva Sedlašek  Psychology  Researcher  2022 - 2024  14 
14.  39039  PhD Špela Selak  Public health (occupational safety)  Researcher  2021 - 2024  132 
15.  55079  PhD Tanja Šraj Lebar  Psychology  Researcher  2021 - 2024  19 
16.  54300  Matej Vinko  Public health (occupational safety)  Researcher  2021 - 2024  168 
17.  36480  PhD Nuša Zadravec Šedivy  Psychology  Researcher  2022 - 2024  100 
18.  56145  Ives Zemljarič  Psychology  Researcher  2022 
19.  57016  Nina Žaler    Technical associate  2023 - 2024 
Organisations (3)
no. Code Research organisation City Registration number No. of publicationsNo. of publications
1.  1669  University of Primorska, Andrej Marušič Insitute  Koper  1810014007  10,791 
2.  0581  University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Arts  Ljubljana  1627058  98,244 
3.  3333  National Institut of Public Health  Ljubljana  6462642  18,564 
Epidemics that have occurred in the past have already shown that they can severely affect people's daily lives and health (Cénat et al., 2020), but these consequences were limited to a small population. This epidemic of Covid-19 disease developed into a pandemic, during which numerous preventive protective measures were taken to contain the spread of the disease, including in Slovenia. In addition, there have been many changes in the daily lives of residents that have affected various aspects of their lives such as relationships, mental health, and other psychosocial aspects. However, this new reality has been in place for some time, so dealing with it requires significantly more of an individual's resources than dealing with short-term crisis situations. In the proposed project, we plan to conduct a broad and at the same time in-depth investigation of the (long-term) psychological and psychosocial consequences of the epidemic and the preventive protective measures introduced. We will focus on the general population, as all inhabitants of Slovenia were exposed to the epidemic. At the same time, we will also focus on specific vulnerable groups that may face various problems due to the many changes. The project includes the following work package: WP1 Organizational and administrative support in the implementation of the project activities and the scheduling of work tasks between the partners and researchers involved. WP2 An Advisory Committee will be established, in order for experts and lay people from different fields to support the project activities. WP3 Theoretical base for the study will be prepared that will frame the project activities. WP4 Quantitative study will examine the psychological impacts of the epidemic and protective measures on general population. Because changes have occurred in several domains of life, we will use self-assessment questionnaires to examine participants' changes of everyday, mental health and suicidality, interpersonal relationships, psychological strenghts, and perceptions of the future. Changes in these areas will be monitored at multiple time points and analysed with the method of interrupted time series regression. WP5 In the qualitative part of the study we aim to understand people's experiences and reactions during an epidemic. As this may be different for vulnerable groups, the WP5 will focus on these. We will use interviews, diary studies or focus groups to gather deeper understanding and specific qualities of experience of children and adolescents, young adults, the adult working population and elderly. WP6 Data analysis will follow the principle of convergent integration of research methods, bringing together data from quantitative and qualitative studies to provide a comprehensive insight into the long-term psychological consequences of the epidemic. WP7 Based on the results of the project, we will design two types of interventions tailored to people in Slovenia, namely information materials and stories (storrytelling method). We will not only support people during an epidemic, but also give them a more empowering perspective on tthe crisis situations. WP8 We will disseminate the results to the scientific as well as the professional and general public. We will inform professionals by publishing scientific and professional articles and delivering presentations at various congresses, conferences and seminars, both nationally and internationally. We will present the results of the study to the general public in the form of stories and other informational materials that provide guidelines for dealing with problems during epidemics and other crisis situations.
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