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Estudos de Psicologia (Natal)

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SANTOS, Isabella Leandra Silva; PIMENTEL, Carlos Eduardo  e  MARIANO, Tailson Evangelista. Pandemic Psychology: Information, trust and affects during COVID-19 management. Estud. psicol. (Natal) [online]. 2020, vol.25, n.2, pp. 115-123. ISSN 1413-294X.

The present study aimed to observe the relationship between access to information about COVID-19 (frequency and accuracy), trust in social sectors in the management of the pandemic and affects during this period. To this end, 210 volunteers from all Brazilian regions, mostly women (69%) with an average age of 29.5 years (SD = 11.5), participated. Descriptive analyses, bivariate correlations, multiple regression, and mediations were performed through R Studio. The results showed indirect effects of the frequency of information about COVID-19 on its accuracy and positive affects. These effects were mediated by confidence in health (indirect effect on the quality of information: λ = 0.163, 95% CI = 0.049 - 0.278, p < 0.01; in positive affects: λ = 0.094, 95% CI = 0.032 - 0.155, p <0.01). Besides, negative affects were predicted by confidence in health, age, confidence in both media and government institutions.

Palavras-chave : COVID-19; emotions; health; communications media.

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