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Professional Psychology: Research and Practice

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Quarantine and isolation are important public health strategies for containing highly hazardous communicable disease outbreaks, particularly when vaccines and effective treatments are unavailable. Despite their effectiveness in disease containment, both quarantine and isolation, whether home- or facility-based, can lead to negative psychological outcomes in the short and long term. This article describes a novel, evidence-informed pilot intervention to prevent psychological deterioration during facility-based quarantine and isolation. Designed for the National Quarantine Unit during the repatriation of 15 American passengers exposed to COVID-19 on a cruise ship, the model incorporates findings from several areas of research, including factors that increase stress during quarantine and isolation, resources and competencies thought to contribute to individual resilience, and the role of social support in buffering stress. The high participation rate, in connection with positive feedback from guests, suggests that the pilot intervention holds promise for mitigating the potentially damaging psychological effects of facility-based quarantine and isolation.




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