Mapping Linguistic Shifts During Psychological Coping With the COVID-19 Pandemic

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How does language change reveal the psychological trajectories of people coping with a COVID-19 infection? This study examined writings on social media over 12 weeks from people who self-reported having tested positive for COVID-19. People used fewer words reflecting anxiety and distancing but more words indicating reinterpretation over time. The language patterns for describing the experience of COVID-19 infections differed from those for describing other unrelated topics. The findings reveal the temporal dynamics of psychological adjustment to an unfolding crisis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)203-216
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Language and Social Psychology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 2023

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  • cognitive reappraisal
  • COVID-19
  • growth models
  • linguistic shift
  • psychological coping
  • trajectory

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Education
  • Language and Linguistics
  • Anthropology
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Linguistics and Language


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