2022 American Psychosomatic Society

Poster by Amanda Small
Mandy While the COVID-19 pandemic shows impacts on individual psychological distress, the patterns are complex. Amanda's poster presentation showed in the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic a person's daily distress was related to the number of COVID-19 deaths reported that day. This relationship was most notable in the inverse relationship of distress variability with COVID-19 deaths, a potentially numbed or sustained response. These results provide insight into adaption and experiences during the early stages of a chronic stressor and highlight distress vulnerability as they relate to environmental features.

Small, A. K., & Zawadzki, M. J. (2022, March 23-26). Escalations in early COVID-19 death counts predict distress variability [Poster presentation]. American Psychosomatic Society 79th Annual Meeting. https://psychosomatic.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/03/APS_ProgramBOOK_2022-FINAL.pdf