The psychology of coping with quarantine


The COVID-19 pandemic has caused many people around the world to enter a period of quarantine, but what outcome will this have on our mental health and how can we help to reduce the psychological impact? In this podcast, Professor Neil Greenberg talks to Dr Raj Persaud about how to cope with quarantine and the surprising findings of the latest psychological research on the mental effects of quarantine, as recently published by a group of mental health experts including Professor Greenberg in The Lancet – 'The psychological impact of quarantine and how to reduce it: rapid review of the evidence'.


Date published: 7 April 2020

Presenter: Dr Raj Persaud

Interviewees: Professor Neil Greenberg

Audio running time: 28 minutes

Credits: 0.5


Learning outcomes


By the end of this podcast, we hope you will have gained an understanding of:


  • the psychological impact of quarantine


  • the importance of key supportive factors on influencing the outcome of quarantine on mental health  


  • the risk factors for the development of long-term effects on mental health following quarantine 


  • the impact of cultural differences on coping mechanisms 


  • key points of advice to help reduce the psychological impact of quarantine.


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