The idea of a group of researchers from the Milan-Bicocca Psychology department. Thanks to those who choose to participate, it will be possible to plan interventions for the prevention and management of psychological stress related to the pandemic situation and the post-coronavirus phase
MILAN – An app to collect, in strictly anonymous form, the feelings felt by the Italians in this period of emergency Covid 19. Through answers to questions like: today have you felt guilty or anguished? Did you feel alone or strong? And the extraordinary editions of the news which sensations do you cause? All in 21 days. Everything was born from the idea of a group of researchers from the Milan-Bicocca Psychology department, who in the past used the same system, and the same app, to collect information related to the emotions and behaviors that teenagers experience and implement. when they interact with other people (peers, family members, significant adults).
How does it work
At the time of the coronavirus, of course, the questionnaire changes but the mechanism is the same: those who choose to participate and download the app Time2Rate (developed by the BiCApP – Bicocca Center for Applied Psychology, in collaboration with Imoobyte), for 21 days he receives a notification on his smartphone that reminds him to answer some short questions about the emotions felt during the day. The collected data will subsequently be processed by Psychology researchers, led by Emanuele Preti, in collaboration with the Vita-Salute San Raffaele University.
But what are the factors that help us better face the pandemic situation, or on the contrary, those that have the effect of making it less bearable? The study will also deal with these aspects, measuring, for example, how much we trust institutions. But not only: we will try to understand if we think that who is working for us (doctors, scientists) is doing it in the right way or, again, trying to find out what moods cause us the breaking news that we follow from the media .
The data collected in this way will be used to plan interventions for the prevention and management of psychological stress related to the pandemic situation and the post-coronavirus phase. “We will evaluate the level of daily psychological stress over a three-week period,” says Preti. “This will allow us to test the trend of stress over time, relating it to the evolution of the pandemic situation. Finally, we foresee a second measurement at the end of the emergency situation and a further follow-up at 6 months, to evaluate the effects in the medium term of the pandemic and isolation situation, “he concludes.