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    Covid-19

    Overview

    COVID-19 fear influences decisions such as visiting family and friends, attending GP/hospital appointments, returning to the workplace and employment/consumption patterns. Yet there is no generally accepted instrument to define or measure COVID-19 fear. This study addresses the problem by:

    (1) constructing a robust and evidence-based survey instrument for COVID-19 fear;
    (2) uses the instrument to measure prevalence among older people in Scotland, and
    (3) relates Covid-19 fear to willingness to re-engage across social, health, and economic domains as societyadjusts to what may be termed the 'new normal'.

    This work will help researchers and policymakers to understand and respond to the social, health, and
    economic impacts of COVID-19 fear.

    This project extends the Healthy Ageing In Scotland (HAGIS), study by partnering with Generation Scotland to advance the development of Scotland's first comprehensive longitudinal study of ageing. The research will highlight social gradients in COVID-19 fear and the effects of fear on the use of internet and mobile communication technology (ICT) and its impacts. The findings will inform policy and behavioural interventions to address COVID-19 fear.

    This project is funded by the ESRC as part of UKRI's Covid-19 Rapid-Response call.

    Publications & Activities

    Media

    Impact of 'Covid-19 fear' on over-50s examined Knutsford Guardian. 2021
    News article about the impact of covid fear on the over 50s and the new survey wave of "Healthy Ageing in Scotland study", set up by Dr Elaine Douglas and Professor David Bell.

    Research project to study the impact of COVID fear University of Stirling. 2021
    An article on new research by Dr Elaine Douglas, Professor David Bell and Dr Alison Dawson on the impact of Covid-19 fear on the over 50s.

    Impact of 'Covid-19 fear' on over-50s examined Bournemouth Echo. 2021
    News article about the impact of covid fear on the over 50s and the new survey wave of "Healthy Ageing in Scotland study", set up by Dr Elaine Douglas and Professor David Bell.