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Identity resilience, uncertainty, personal risk, fear, mistrust and ingroup power influences upon COVID-19 coping

Glynis M. BreakwellGlynis M. Breakwell

Professor Dame Glynis Breakwell is a psychologist whose research focuses upon identity processes, social representations and the psychology of risk management, perception and communication. She has been an adviser to both public and private sector organisations on the use of psychological methods and theories, particularly concerning responses to public crises and major emergencies.

Abstract

A model of the relationships between social psychological factors that were influential in determining individual coping responses to the COVID-19 pandemic is presented here. The factors include identity resilience (as defined in identity process theory), uncertainty, perceived personal risk, fear, mistrust and ingroup power. These factors are significantly associated with each other. Higher identity resilience is associated with greater uncertainty, personal risk and fear, but with lower mistrust and ingroup power. Social representation and group identification processes also have important effects on individual coping, and are moderated by identity resilience. Implications of the model for developing future pandemic preparedness include the desirability of fostering greater identity resilience in those at risk and the value of ongoing targeting of information and social support to promote the development of more effective coping responses to fear, risk, uncertainty and mistrust.

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COVID-19 copingidentity resilienceuncertaintyriskfearmistrustingroup power
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Published on: 14 December 2023
Volume: 11
Issue: Supplementary issue 5
Article ID: 007
Pages:7 - 34
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Breakwell (2023), ' Identity resilience, uncertainty, personal risk, fear, mistrust and ingroup power influences upon COVID-19 coping ', Journal of the British Academy, 11(Supplementary issue 5): 007 https://doi.org/10.5871/jba/011s5.007

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Identity resilience, uncertainty, personal risk, fear, mistrust and ingroup power influences upon COVID-19 coping

Glynis M. BreakwellGlynis M. Breakwell

Professor Dame Glynis Breakwell is a psychologist whose research focuses upon identity processes, social representations and the psychology of risk management, perception and communication. She has been an adviser to both public and private sector organisations on the use of psychological methods and theories, particularly concerning responses to public crises and major emergencies.