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Living with COVID-19: emotions and health during the pandemic
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Department of Education Sciences, University of Genoa, Genoa, Italy
Submission date: 2021-07-15
Final revision date: 2022-04-01
Acceptance date: 2022-04-01
Online publication date: 2022-05-04
Publication date: 2022-05-04
 
Health Psychology Report 2022;10(3):212–226
 
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Background:
COVID-19 has led and still leads all nations to adopt virus containment plans, considering possible strategies that help to live with the virus. The present study aimed to investigate the practical, psychological and emotional aspects of living with COVID-19.

Participants and procedure:
A total of 250 young adults (86% female), who lived in north-western Italy, took part in an online photovoice study, in re-spect of social distancing. They participated in a group discussion following the method SHOWeD. The researchers ana-lyzed the photographs along with comments and transcripts from the SHOWeD group discussions using the triangulation process of visual and textual data. The collected data were analyzed on the basis of grounded theory, with the support of the NVivo 12 software.

Results:
From the analysis of the emotions concerning the psychological health of participants, 4 categories were identified. The results reveal benefits and emotional aspects that have stimulated the increase of individual and community empower-ment. COVID-19 has led and still leads all nations to adopt virus containment plans, considering possible strategies that help to live with the virus.

Conclusions:
From the analysis of the results it emerged how the online photovoice was a tool that allowed on the one hand the sharing of experiences and emotions related to living with COVID-19 and on the other hand to maintain social ties despite physical distance.

 
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