Social representations, identity threat, and coping amid COVID-19

Rusi Jaspal, Brigitte Nerlich

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This article describes an integrative social psychological framework within which human reactions to COVID-19 can be understood and predicted. It is argued that social representations of COVID-19 (and its mitigation strategies) must resonate among diverse communities, not be too threatening, and provide clear pathways for action and engagement.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)S249-S251
JournalPsychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy
Issue numberS1
Publication statusPublished - 28 May 2020

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© American Psychological Association, 2020. This paper is not the copy of record and may not exactly replicate the authoritative document published in the APA journal. The final article is available, upon publication, at: 10.1037/tra0000773


  • COVID-19
  • identity process theory
  • social representations theory
  • coping


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