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Women Worry About Family, Men About the Economy: Gender Differences in Emotional Responses to COVID-19

van der Vegt, I; Kleinberg, B; (2020) Women Worry About Family, Men About the Economy: Gender Differences in Emotional Responses to COVID-19. In: Aref, S and Bontcheva, K and Braghieri, M and Dignum, F and Giannotti, F and Grisolia, F and Pedreschi, D, (eds.) SocInfo 2020: Social Informatics. (pp. pp. 397-409). Springer: Pisa, Italy. Green open access

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Abstract

Among the critical challenges around the COVID-19 pandemic is dealing with the potentially detrimental effects on people’s mental health. Designing appropriate interventions and identifying the concerns of those most at risk requires methods that can extract worries, concerns and emotional responses from text data. We examine gender differences and the effect of document length on worries about the ongoing COVID-19 situation. Our findings suggest that i) short texts do not offer as adequate insights into psychological processes as longer texts. We further find ii) marked gender differences in topics concerning emotional responses. Women worried more about their loved ones and severe health concerns while men were more occupied with effects on the economy and society. This paper adds to the understanding of general gender differences in language found elsewhere, and shows that the current unique circumstances likely amplified these effects. We close this paper with a call for more high-quality datasets due to the limitations of Tweet-sized data.

Type: Proceedings paper
Title: Women Worry About Family, Men About the Economy: Gender Differences in Emotional Responses to COVID-19
Event: 12th International Conference, SocInfo 2020
ISBN-13: 9783030609740
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1007/978-3-030-60975-7_29
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-60975-7_29
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Gender differences, COVID-19, emotions, language
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science > Dept of Security and Crime Science
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10116954
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