Explicit and implicit attitudes toward people with COVID-19: Need for community mental health services

Yun Jung Choi1, Dong Hee Cho1
1Red Cross College of Nursing, Chung-Ang University, Republic of Korea
Cite this article:  Choi, Y. J., & Cho, D. H. (2021). Explicit and implicit attitudes toward people with COVID-19: Need for community mental health services. Social Behavior and Personality: An international journal, 49(11), e10900.

Volume 49 Issue 11 | e10900 | Published: November 2021 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.2224/sbp.10900

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During the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, social stigmatization of people who have been infected with the virus has been observed. This study measured the degree of social stigma by examining implicit and explicit attitudes toward people with COVID-19. Explicit attitudes were measured through self-reporting, taking into account the three components of behavior, cognition, and emotion, and we used the Single-Category Implicit Association Test to assess implicit attitudes. The findings show that explicit attitudes toward people with COVID-19 were positive, whereas implicit attitudes trended toward being negative. The results suggest that mental health services and policies are needed to reduce social stigma and prevent the risk of mental health problems among people who have been infected with COVID-19.

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