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Study Examines Which Undergrads are at Risk of Experiencing Greater Fears During COVID-19

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 Psychosocial predictors of virus and social distancing fears in undergraduate students living in a US COVID-19 “hotspot, first-authored by graduate student Erick Fedorenko, who is mentored by Dr. Richard Contrada in the SHIP Lab, is in press at Cognitive Behaviour Therapy. This study found that female students and those with more general and health anxiety, as well as greater intolerance of uncertainty, were more likely to experience elevated fears of viral contamination, while females and those with more depressive symptoms had greater fear of the consequences of social distancing, such as not seeing friends for a long time or being lonely.