Abstract: It is largely recognized that the Covid-19 pandemic has a global impact on public mental health and on the psychosocial balance. The authors analyze critically a number of psychosocial factors (behaviors, beliefs, theories, social adjustment, etc.) related to pandemics, throughout history. They describe how social reactions to pandemics can be similar, over time and across cultures, and how strategies of social adjustment are based on the socio-cultural contexts. The authors argue that a historical analysis of pandemics and of their psychosocial factors could indicate political strategies and social interventions, and help promote social adjustment to the present-day global health and economic emergencies.
Keywords: Covid-19 pandemic, pandemics, history, psychosocial.
Antonello Bellomo, Loreta Notarangelo, Domenico De Berardis, Julio Torales, João Mauricio Castaldelli-Maia, Antonio Ventriglio, in "RIVISTA SPERIMENTALE DI FRENIATRIA" 2/2021, pp. 13-24, DOI:10.3280/RSF2021-002002