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Representations and Social Anchorages of the New Coronavirus and the COVID-19 Treatment by Brazilians


  • Emerson Araújo Do Bú University of Lisbon, Faculty of Psychology and University of Lisbon, Institute of Social Sciences
  • Maria Edna Silva de Alexandre Federal University of Paraíba
  • Viviane Alves dos Santos Bezerra Federal University of Paraíba
  • Roseane Christhina da Nova Sá-Serafim Federal University of Campina Grande
  • Maria da Penha de Lima Coutinho Federal University of Paraíba and University Center UNIESP



coronavirus, treatment, social psychology, health psychology


This study aimed to apprehend the genesis of the Social Representations (SR) of the new coronavirus, as well as the COVID-19 treatment, considering different social anchors of Brazilians. For that, 595 participants, predominantly female (69.9%) and from the Northeast of Brazil (64.9%) answered an online questionnaire. The data collected allowed analyzes of Descending Hierarchical Classifications, indicating that the new coronavirus SR's genesis is marked by concerns regarding its dissemination, psychosocial and affective implications. On the other hand, the treatment representational field emphasizes the remission or alleviation of symptoms caused by COVID-19. The SR variations identified in this research, due to group differences, indicate that future interventions should consider their specificities in the representations and social practices dissemination aiming at containing the pandemic state.


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Do Bú, E. A., Alexandre, M. E. S. de, Bezerra, V. A. dos S. ., Sá-Serafim, R. C. da N., & Coutinho, M. da P. de L. (2020). Representations and Social Anchorages of the New Coronavirus and the COVID-19 Treatment by Brazilians. In SciELO Preprints.


Human Sciences