Using what we know about threat reactivity models to understand mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Publisher: Elsevier Science Publishers
Document Type: Report; Brief article
Length: 211 words

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Keywords Stress; Uncertainty; Psychopathology; Anxiety; Fear; COVID-19 Highlights * The COVID-19 pandemic has been accompanied by increased contextual threat. * Threat reactivity is implicated in models of etiology and risk for psychopathology. * These models can offer insights into mental health problems during COVID-19. Abstract The COVID-19 pandemic has been accompanied by unprecedented levels of stress and threats in a variety of domains (e.g., health, livelihood). Individual differences in threat reactivity may explain why some individuals are at elevated risk for the development or maintenance of psychopathology during the COVID-19 pandemic. This article describes several prominent models, mechanisms, and components of threat reactivity (e.g., appraisals, intolerance of uncertainty, avoidance) and discusses how they might help improve understanding of changes in psychopathology during and following the COVID-19 pandemic. Author Affiliation: (a) Northwestern University, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, 680 N. Lake Shore Dr., Chicago, IL, 60611, USA (b) University of Illinois at Chicago, Department of Psychology, 1007 W. Harrison St., Chicago, IL, 60607, USA * Corresponding author. University of Illinois at Chicago, Department of Psychology, 1007 W. Harrison St., Chicago, IL, 60607, USA. Article History: Received 20 December 2021; Revised 18 March 2022; Accepted 18 March 2022 Byline: Carter J. Funkhouser [carterfunkhouser@gmail.com] (a,b,*), David M. Klemballa (a), Stewart A. Shankman (a)

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Gale Document Number: GALE|A703074263