How healthcare workers respond to COVID-19: The role of vulnerability and social support in a close relationships defense mechanism


Posted: 2021-10-30 19:00:00
Acta Psychol (Amst) . 2021 Oct 27;221:103442. doi: 10.1016/j.actpsy.2021.103442. Online ahead of print. Affiliations Expand Affiliations 1 Department of Psychology, Renmin University of China, Beijing 100872, China. 2 Institute of Sociology, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Beijing 100732, China. 3 Department of Psychology, Renmin University of China, Beijing 100872, China. Electronic address: cxing@ruc.edu.cn. 4 The Third Hospital of Jinjiang, Fujian 362211, China. Item in Clipboard Yunjiao Chen et al. Acta Psychol (Amst). 2021. Show details Display options Display options Format Acta Psychol (Amst) . 2021 Oct 27;221:103442. doi: 10.1016/j.actpsy.2021.103442. Online ahead of print. Affiliations 1 Department of Psychology, Renmin University of China, Beijing 100872, China. 2 Institute of Sociology, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Beijing 100732, China. 3 Department of Psychology, Renmin University of China, Beijing 100872, China. Electronic address: cxing@ruc.edu.cn. 4 The Third Hospital of Jinjiang, Fujian 362211, China. Item in Clipboard CiteDisplay options Display options Format Abstract Healthcare workers play a vital role in the fight against COVID-19. Based on Terror Management Theory (TMT), the present research examined whether a close relationships defense mechanism reduces anxiety among healthcare workers (N = 729) in China. Our results suggest that this defense mechanism, as indexed by relationship satisfaction, serves as an effective terror management source after exposure to reminders of death (MS; mortality salience). These findings extend TMT by identifying two moderating variables: vulnerability and social support. In a low objective vulnerability group, healthcare workers who subjectively believed themselves as less vulnerable to COVID-19 showed a stronger defense mechanism after a MS manipulation as compared to those who felt more vulnerable. Further, healthcare workers with higher levels of social support reported more relationship satisfaction. These findings have practical implications for guiding healthcare workers on how to buffer death-related anxiety and maintain their mental health in the fight against COVID-19. Keywords: COVID-19; Close relationships defense; Healthcare workers; Social support; Terror management theory. Copyright © 2021 The Authors. Published by Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved. LinkOut - more resources Research Materials [x] Cite Copy Format: Send To [x]

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