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One wave or another in the pandemic: psychological well-being during the third COVID-19 wave
 
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Department of Dynamic and Clinical Psychology, and Health Studies, La Sapienza University of Rome, Rome, Italy
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Department of Brain and Behavioral Sciences, University of Pavia, Pavia, Italy
Submission date: 2021-11-07
Final revision date: 2022-01-13
Acceptance date: 2022-01-16
Online publication date: 2022-02-15
Publication date: 2022-02-15
 
Health Psychology Report 2022;10(1):13–19
 
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Background:
After a year from the emergence of COVID-19 in February 2020, between March and May 2021 Italy faced its third wave of infections. Previous studies have shown that in the first phases of the pandemic certain factors had a protective effect against distress. However, little is known regarding the role of possible protective variables after prolonged pandemic situa-tions.

Material and methods:
454 Italian adults were asked questions regarding the intensity of mental states and emotions experienced, the perceived usefulness of lockdown, the feeling of living a normal life, and the coping strategies implemented to face the pandemic.

Results:
Our findings indicate that the presence of acceptance attitudes toward restrictive measures and the implementation of rec-reational activities helped participants face a prolonged pandemic with positive emotions.

Conclusions:
These results extend previous findings about the impact of several behavioral variables on individuals’ mental states and emotions experienced during the COVID-19 pandemic in Italy.

 
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