Unequal effects of the national lockdown on mental and social health in Italy



With the exception of a few countries that chose a different approach, the worldwide
reaction to the COVID-19 pandemic was a (longer or shorter) period of national lockdown.
While the economic consequences of shutting down national economies were immediately
evident, the sociopsychiatric implications of the social confinement of the entire
population remain hidden and not fully understood. Italy has been the first European
country to be severely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, to which it responded
through strict lockdown measurements. The results of a timely survey on mental and social
health, carried out by students and teachers of a middle school in Rome, might help
identify the most vulnerable groups of the population. This evidence could be crucial in
conceiving and enacting targeted public health policies to mitigate the consequences of
the pandemic on mental health and to prevent intolerance to containment measures in
some population segments, which could hamper worldwide efforts in the fight against

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Emanuele Caroppo - Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore

Pietro De Lellis - University of Naples Federico II

Ilaria Lega - Istituto Superiore della Sanità

Antonella Candelori - Scuola Media Michelangelo Buonarroti

Daniela Pedacchia - Scuola Media Michelangelo Buonarroti

Alida Pellegrini

Rossella Sonnino - Scuola Media Michelangelo Buonarroti

Virginia Venturiello - Scuola Media Michelangelo Buonarroti

Manuel Ruiz Marín - Universidad Politecnica de Cartagena

Maurizio Porfiri - New York University

How to Cite
Caroppo, E., De Lellis, P., Lega, I., Candelori, A., Pedacchia, D., Pellegrini, A. ., … Porfiri, M. (2020). Unequal effects of the national lockdown on mental and social health in Italy. Annali dell’Istituto Superiore Di Sanità, 56(4), 497–501. Retrieved from https://annali.iss.it/index.php/anna/article/view/1183
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