Personality and mental health among long-term care home staff during the pandemic in southern Switzerland

Annoni, Anna Maria and Da Costa Santos, Diana Sofia and Sallustro, Federica and Di Stefano, Roberto and Pertoldi, Wiliam and Albanese, Emiliano and Fiordelli, Maddalena and Corna, Laurie (2022) Personality and mental health among long-term care home staff during the pandemic in southern Switzerland. In: 36th annual conference of the European Health Psychology Society, 23.08.2022, Bratislava, Slovakia. (Unpublished)

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On behalf of the EHPS 2022 Scientific Committee, we are delighted to welcome you to the 36th Annual Conference of the European Health Psychology Society. We are indeed charting new territory in health psychology – the theme of this year’s conference – with our first ever hybrid conference, in Bratislava, Slovakia and online. This new territory, following the Covid-19 pandemic and two years of hosting the conference online, is both exciting and daunting. As a society, a hybrid conference has the potential to increase our inclusivity, accessibility and international reach. In addition, reducing international air travel through promotion of hybrid events is key to ensuring sustainability in the face of a global climate emergency. The technology enabling virtual communication has advanced exponentially during the pandemic. It is incumbent on us as a society to explore ways to reduce our carbon footprint into the future, for the health of humankind and the planet. However, we also must nourish and care for the unique EHPS community, and ensure that we do not lose the ‘magic’ of our society. Each year, attending the EHPS conference is an academic and social highlight for many of us. It is an opportunity to come together in person, to hear and learn from each other, to share and discuss ideas, to start new projects, to create networks, to make new friends and reconnect with old ones, to eat and even dance together. We hope that this will be possible for most of us at this year’s conference. The response to the call for abstracts for EHPS 2022 was characteristically enthusiastic and EHPS delegates are clearly keen to be back: we received over 700 abstracts. Our programme includes four keynote presentations, which reflect a range of cutting-edge topics in health psychology including digital health interventions, imple- menting behavioural science into policy and practice, and the social context of health-related behaviour. In addition, the programme includes three state-of-the-art presentations, 238 oral presentations, 24 symposia, eight roundtable discussion sessions and 304 poster presentations, across 20 themed tracks. In addition, the SYNERGY expert meeting and the CREATE early career workshop have been restored as in-person events, as well as 5 additional pre-conference workshops. During the past two years, many EHPS members have contributed significantly to the international response to the Covid-19 pandemic, a theme of one of the state-of-the art presentations, and one which runs throughout this year’s programme. We are grateful to members of the Scientific Committee, including: Julia Allan (Scotland), Gudrun Sproesser (Germany), Claudio Nigg (Switzerland), Alexandra Dima (Spain), Stephan Dombrowski (Canada), Miroslav Sirota (England) and Rik Crutzen (Netherlands). We are indebted to the 40 track chairs, who generously gave their time and expertise in reviewing abstracts and compiling sessions. Thanks also to all of you who have kindly accepted invitations to chair sessions at the conference and help in any other way. Our most sincere thanks to the team at Easy Conferences who, through their hard work, efficiency and professionalism, have made the job of the Scientific Committee a pleasure. Thanks also to the Local Organising Committee, for their ‘can do’ attitude and enthusiasm. And finally, thank you, EHPS 2022 delegates. Your input and contributions to the conference are critical to its success. We hope you enjoy the conference and find value, stimulation and interest as we embark on a new academic year.

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