Presenter: Vesna Antičević
Title: The Effects of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Mental Health: a National Online Research
Duration: 20 min.
Abstract: The intention of the research group submitting this project (three psychologists and one psychiatrist) is to investigate people’s experiences when dealing with stressors associated with a COVID-19 pandemic and to anticipate some long-term psychological consequences that may arise from them. In the first part (during the epidemic) we will examine the contribution of sociodemographic factors and types of pandemic stressors to mental health in the general population by using Online survey method (N=1238). The second part of this project will include a qualitative study in which we will conduct in-depth interviews with healthcare professionals who fought on the frontlines of defence against the COVID-19 virus who were especially exposed to burn-out and elevated stress levels. Applying a qualitative design will enable a comprehensive understanding of this topic and provide complex data which can be used to generate future quantitative hypotheses and studies, as well as preliminary guidelines aimed at protecting these workers in future crisis situations.
Biography: Vesna Antičević, PhD, is a clinical psychologist, licenced cognitive-behavioral psychotherapist and associate professor in the field of psychology. Previous professional experience she aquired at the Clinical Hospital Center Split, Clinic for Psychiatry (2002-2014). Since 2014, she has been an employee of the University of Split, University Department of Health Studies. Areas of scientific interest: mental health, clinical psychology and psychiatry. She has published about 30 papers in scientific publications. During the COVID-19 pandemic, she became actively involved in mental help assistance to the affected population and, together with colleagues, initiated a research project to investigate the effects of the pandemic on mental health.
Vesna Antičević, Ph.D.
University Department of Health Studies
University of Split, Croatia
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