Psychology & Corona

Opinion pieces

In this section you will find an overview of all opinion pieces and press articles prepared by the expert group for the press.

How do students in higher education experience the corona crisis? More than 25,000 students took part in the online survey conducted by psychologists from UCLouvain, ULB and ULiège. Only a Dutch and French version exist of this press release.  

A vaccine passport is a document (physical or digital) certifying that a person has been vaccinated. An immunity certificate is a document that certifies that the person has been infected and is immune to SARS-Cov-2. The idea of introducing either of these documents is circulating at the national and European levels, with the stated goal of implementation before the summer. Only a French version exists of this press release.

The motivation for the corona measures is currently at a low point: Urgent need for a motivational framework! Only a Dutch and French version exist of this press release. 

Are you scared, angry or determined? It matters! Belgian study shows how specific emotions guide your behavior during the corona pandemic. Only a Dutch and French version exist of this press release. 

Expert group of psychologists satisfied with the new course of the National Security Council, but thinks that additions are still needed. Only a Dutch and French version exist of this press release. 

The vaccination campaign has been very successful in Belgium, with the vast majority of adults being vaccinated and getting a booster vaccine nowadays. Many adults voluntary choose to be vaccinated and the personal endorsement of this decision indeed appears a robust predictor of vaccination acceptance (Schmitz et al., 2021). At the same time, the question raises what a next step may involve: should a vaccination pass be introduced or is it more desirable to move towards mandatory vaccination in specific subgroups or the entire population? Below, various psychological advantages and disadvantages of mandatory vaccination are discussed, which lead to a synthesizing conclusion at the end

Global response (NL)https://vvkp.be/nieuws/vvkp-kadert-het-laatste-rapport-van-de-expertengroep-psychology-and-corona-mbt-de-verplichte 

Message of the president of VVKP (NL)

https://www.knack.be/nieuws/belgie/discussie-verplichte-vaccinatie-uitspraken-expertengroep-gebeuren-in-een-maatschappelijke-context/article-opinion-1825281.html?cookie_check=1643355800  

UPPCF (FR)https://www.uppcf.be/psychologie-et-corona

There are many unpredictable factors to manage this crisis, such as the mutations of the virus and the delivery of vaccines. Yet we have control over the key factor in controlling the situation: our behavior.

Of this report, only a Dutch and French version exist

Vaccination: the vulnerable and motivated first 

Of this report, only a Dutch and French version exist

Vaccination: the vulnerable and motivated first 

Of this report, only a Dutch and French version exist

Mental health priorities in Belgium regarding COVID-19: This policy paper focuses on the necessary actions that can be taken to address the immediate mental health burden associated with COVID-19.

 

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