Dina Di Giacomo

Dina Di Giacomo
Università degli Studi dell'Aquila | Università dell'Aquila · Department of Life, Health and Environmental Sciences

Associate Professor on Clinical Psychology
Coordinator of Postgraduate School on Clinical Psychology, University of L'Aquila, IT

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Introduction
Dina Di Giacomo currently works at the Department of Life, Health and Environmental Sciences, Università degli Studi dell'Aquila. Dina does research in Clinical Psychology.
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January 2011 - present
Università degli Studi dell'Aquila
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  • Professor (Associate)

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Publications (117)
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Quarantine consists of the strict isolation imposed to prevent the spread of infectious disease: it is the separation among people and their social isolation adopted who have been exposed a contagious disease to ascertain if they become unwell, so reducing the risk of them infecting other. Priorities of National Actions for Mental Health should be...
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Aim of the study was to analyze the posttraumatic stress disorder risk nurses, detecting the relationship between distress experience and personality dimensions in Italian COVID-19 outbreak. A cross-sectional study was conducted based on 2 data detection (March 2020 and September 2020). Mental evaluation was carried out in Laboratory of Clinical Ps...
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One side-effect of oncological treatment is chemotherapy-induced alopecia (CIA), a temporary form of hair loss that could influence patients’ mental health. Digitised scalp cooling systems are assuming an important role in the clinical setting during adjuvant treatment, promising hair loss prevention and allowing an efficient procedure to reinforce...
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The pandemic affected the quality of life and wellness of the population, changing living habits through restriction measures. This study aimed to analyze the psychological impact of the fear of the COVID-19 pandemic and the adoption of e-learning for university students. The study was articulated in two research applications: the first application...
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The increasing of chronic diseases and related health management are the main clinical and public health challenges. The long-term nature and the need for continuous monitoring in chronic disease management gave rise to early technological innovations (mobile Health) to improve care management plans, therapeutic adherence, and psychological support...
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Background Cardiovascular disease is a chronic non-communicable illness that causes more than half of all deaths across Europe. Unhealthy lifestyle, inadequate adherence to medical prescriptions, themselves associated with psycho-emotional disorders are considered risk factors for reduced quality of life as well physical condition. Objective Aim o...
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The incidence of chronic non-communicable diseases (CNCDs) increases with age, thus placing a burden on individuals and healthcare systems; furthermore, CNCDs are associated with lower quality of life (QoL) in the elderly. This study aimed to evaluate the behavioural management of CNCDs by comparing different diseases under its ambit exhibiting var...
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The diagnosis of melanoma and breast cancer may impact many aspects of life with significant reductions in emotional functioning and quality of life. The aim of the study was to analyze the emotional traits of female patients with oncological in early-stage diagnosis, investigating predictors for psychological distress and analyzing body image perc...
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COVID-19 pandemic imposed psychosocial stress increasing in frontline healthcare workers, who managed by responding with different coping strategies. General practitioners were targeted by an extraordinary increase in the demand for reception, diagnosis and treatment from all patients even if working in solo. In Italy, the emergency changed risk as...
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Background. Cardiovascular disease is a chronic non-communicable illness that causes more than half of all deaths across Europe. Unhealthy lifestyle, inadequate adherence to medical prescriptions, themselves associated with psycho-emotional disorders are considered risk factors for reduced quality of life as well physical condition. Objective. Aim...
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"Background: Chronic Diseases (CD) such as diabetes, musculoskeletal disorders, cardiovascular diseases, neurological disorders, and cancers increase with age and place a burden on individuals and healthcare systems, and more they are associated with a lower Quality of Life (QoL) in the elderly. CD conditions suggested improvements of self-care inv...
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"Background. Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is a chronic non-communicable illness that causes more than half of all deaths across Europe. 80% of premature heart disease and stroke is preventable by effective measures availability for people at high risk. However, many such interventions are not being implemented and managed by patients. Managing such...
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Breast cancer (BC) diagnosis and treatment have become a cumulative long-standing chronic disease impairment, causing stress and turning into an allostatic load (AL) framework. This study aimed to investigate the relationship between physical issues and mental health in patients with BC after medical treatment. We conducted an observational study o...
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Introduction: The promotion of well-being and mental health through the web-based psychological interventions have been investigated in several studies. Recent researches evidenced the efficacy of web-based and app interventions for psychological issues; that appeared more relevant in observational studies comparing treatment-no treatment effects....
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Background Externalising behaviours are becoming a remarkably prevalent problem during adolescence, often precipitating both externalising and internalising disorders in later adulthood. Psychological treatments aim to increase the social functioning of adolescents in order for them to live a more balanced life and prevent these negative trajectori...
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Background: The Revenge Porn phenomena is non-consensual pornography related to the sexually explicit pictures dissemination without informed consent form involved individuals. Several studies focused on sociological aspects and related issues for judiciary; few researches were conducted investigating the related psychological and psychopathologic...
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Background: Chronic renal failure is a chronic medical condition characterized by a progressive and irreversible loss of kidney function. Up to 50% of patients undergoing dialysis experience symptoms of depression and anxiety: what is the impact of individual factors and medical conditions on the mental health issue? The present study was carried...
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Background. The diagnosis of melanoma and breast cancer may impact many aspects of life with significant reductions in emotional functioning and quality of life. Aims. Aim of the study was to analyze the emotional traits of female patients with oncological diagnosis (early stage melanoma/breast cancer) investigating prevalence and predictors for ps...
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This study aimed to assess the impact of Internet use on the well-being and health behaviours of Generation Z members by evaluating the associations between the Internet habits (i.e. intensive Internet use and cybersex use), aspects of psychological well-being, and negative emotions of Italian Generation Z members. Study participants comprised 113...
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Background: Personality disorders (PDs) are a severe health issue already prevalent among adolescents and young adults. Early detection and intervention offer the opportunity to reduce disease burden and chronicity of symptoms and to enhance long-term functional outcomes. While psychological treatments for PDs have been shown to be effective for yo...
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Background: The massive adoption of e-learning in academic education during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic may be beneficial to digitally skilled individuals, such as Generation Z (Gen Z) members. However, some studies have underscored its negative psychological impact on the mental health of the young adults. We aimed to examine the p...
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Background and aims The increase in innovative and personalized medicine solutions in kidney surgery can improve patients’ chances of survival; however, during the transplantation process, patients are exposed to many psychological challenges. This study aimed to evaluate the role and impact of personality dimensions on the behaviour of waiting-lis...
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Introduction: Anxiety and depressive disorders are a significant problem that starts in childhood or adolescence and should be addressed early to avoid chronic mental conditions. There is strong evidence to demonstrate that psychological treatments are effective for these disorders, however, little is known on mediators and mechanisms of change of...
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Aim: Aim of the study was to measure the belief and metacognition strategies trend in the survivorship of fertile women with breast cancer. We wanted to observe the metacognitive performance of young women went out primary treatment getting survivors; we wanted to assess the impact of metacognitive strategies in coping with survivorship in cancer...
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The coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak has affected not only physical health but also mental health and psychological wellbeing. This narrative review aimed to map the literature on the psychological impact on the young generation of the COVID-19 pandemic, social restrictions, and extraordinary measures to curb the spread of coronavirus. We pe...
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Background: Personality disorders (PDs) are a severe health issue already prevalent among adolescents and young adults. Early detection and intervention offer the opportunity to reduce disease burden and chronicity of symptoms and to enhance long-term functional outcomes. While psychological treatments for personality disorders have been shown to b...
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"Background. The undergraduate community is composed of Generation Z members who constitute a social generation of digital natives who are technologically skilled. Their widespread exposure to technology accounts for their comfort with and strong knowledge of digital media. The government adoption of e-learning in academic education during the coro...
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"Introduction. The rapid spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has created unprecedent global challenges for health systems. National Healthcare Systems Hospitals adopted protective measures and medical equipment resources, exposing healthcare workers at risk for stress syndromes, subclinical mental health symptoms, and long-term occupation...
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Background: Mammoplasty is the most common surgery used for breast augmentation (aesthetic plastic) and breast reconstruction (disease-related plastic) in women who have been diagnosed with and surgically treated for regional breast cancer with modified radical mastectomy. This study aims to examine the long-term effects of mammoplasty on the psych...
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INTRODUCTION Approximately 75% of mental disorders emerge before the age of 25 years but less than half receive appropriate treatment. Little is known about the mechanisms underlying the therapeutic change of adolescents in psychotherapy. The ‘European Network of Individualised Psychotherapy Treatment of Young People with Mental Disorders’, funded...
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Objective. Melanoma patients remain at risk of disease progression for many years after diagnosis. Psychological distress, depression and anxiety are emotional conditions that negatively influence both the patients’ quality of life and the clinical course of the disease, laying down for a slow recovery as well as for an increase in comorbidity. Aim...
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Background and ObjectiveA scalp cooling system, particularly, a digitised scalp-cooling system, is currently assuming an important role during adjuvant treatment within the oncological setting, promising the prevention of hair loss and turning an efficient procedure to reinforce the mental health of patients during chemotherapy by preventing chemot...
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Objective The purpose of this study was to examine the digital confidence of elder adults and identify behavioral patterns for technology that are related to cognitive abilities among elders. Method An observational study was conducted using a sample of 94 elders, aged 53 to 86 years. Neuropsychological and emotional measures were used, and techno...
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Background. Mammoplasty is the most common surgery that is used for both breast augmentation in healthy women (aesthetic plastic) and breast reconstruction (disease-related plastic) in women who have been diagnosed with and surgically treated for regional breast cancer with radical mastectomy (MRM). When compared to breast reconstruction surgery, a...
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Background. Mammoplasty is the most common surgery that is used for both breast augmentation in healthy women (aesthetic plastic) and breast reconstruction (disease-related plastic) in women who have been diagnosed with and surgically treated for regional breast cancer with radical mastectomy (MRM). When compared to breast reconstruction surgery, a...
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Background The aim of the study was to investigate the posttraumatic stress disorder risk in nurses, detecting the relation-ship between distress experience and personality dimensions in the Italian acute COVID-19 outbreak. The study is an observational study conducted in March 2020. Participants and procedure Mental screening was carried out in t...
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Longer survivorship is possible due to advances enabling early detection and treatment. However, cancer survivors are faced with prognostic uncertainty regarding survival, long-term symptoms, surveillance, and consequences of treatment. This study aimed at investigating emotional traits of women after breast cancer (BC) diagnosis from a three-year...
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Introduction: This study analyzed the impact of an innovative integrated approach in pediatric care on children's behavior and cooperation during care. Methods: The participants included 75 children aged 3–8 years (30 girls and 45 boys) recruited from a pediatric surgery department. The sample was categorized into three groups according to experime...
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Introduction: Mindfulness indicates a state of mind, connected with attention and awareness that can be developed and cultivated through meditation. Purpose: The research hypothesis foresees that the mindfulness attitude significantly correlates with the psychological variables considered: anger, anxiety, depression and feelings towards oneself...
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Digital innovation changed the daily living impacting Quality of Life of individuals. Our study was focused on adult and elder behavioural approach to the technology. Out study aimed to investigate the impact of technology use in not digital native in order to investigate the behavioural degree of adaptation. An observational study was conducted on...
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Introduction: The purpose of this study was to investigate the adherence of girls and young adults to socio-cultural beauty models measuring the emotional patterns and behavioral attitudes of self-body management. Methods: A cross-sectional study was conducted on 2163 Italian women between the ages of 15 and 25 (M=22.2, SD=2.11) distributed by B...
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This study investigated the psychological wellbeing and body perception among young Italian people. Drinking, eating, and sexual behaviors have been examined in relation to body mass index (BMI) and psychological well-being by EPOCH framework. This was a cross-sectional observational study conducted on Italian adolescent and young adult population...
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This study aimed to investigate the emotional impact of technology use in an Italian adult population and to detect technophobia. This cross-sectional study was conducted with 117 Italian participants (age range of 50–67 years). Measured variables were computer anxiety and technology use ability. The results revealed technophobia features in the It...
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Background: Breast cancer diagnosis and treatments have a strong impact on women's lives. This study aimed to evaluate the changes in emotional traits in women aged 38-50 years over a three-year period. Method: By cross-sectional study design, a sample of n. 126 patients in range age 38-50 has been recruited in different timing of cancer disease...
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Objective: Young women with breast cancer (BC) face emotional challenges as they deal with the disease and the related fear of adversity. This study evaluated the psychosocial complications experienced by younger women (38–50 age range) over a three year period after BC diagnosis. Method: From an observational perspective, we detected late-stage c...
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Interstitial Cystitis/Bladder Pain Syndrome (IC/BPS) is a chronic condition well studied in the urology and gynaecology fields, but its psychological impact on patients' quality of life has been neglected. Our study prioritised the psychological impact of IC/BPS on the quality of life and wellness of patients in an effort to identify the emotional...
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Objective: The recent increased survival rate after breast cancer (BC) diagnosis and treatment is mostly related to early screening in younger age. Evidence gained from newly detected assessed psychological needs as well as certain emotional regulatory patterns in younger survivors has been related in the literature to an extremely low rate of adhe...
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BACKGROUND: Dance Therapy can improve the quality of life for a person with several conditions, especially psychological wellbeing and quality of life, in the short and longterm. The aim of the study was to examine the effects of the Dance Therapy (DT) on specific learning disability (SLD) children. We wanted to test the impact on cognitive and emo...
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Adherence to the thinness model, self-acceptance such as self-esteem is psychological dynamics influencing the young age and emerging adulthood of women life. The purpose of this study was to investigate the girls and young women' ability to deal with the adherence to thinness model according to their self-body management thought daily self-percept...
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Psychological wellbeing can be impacted substantially by changes in body image during youth, which can be a predictive factor for positive or negative attitudes, such as for self-esteem and satisfaction. In this study, adherence to the thinness model and to healthy behaviours were analysed in terms of the emotional patterns and body management of t...
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Large use of technology improved quality of life across aging and favoring the development of digital skills. Digital skills can be considered an enhancing to human cognitive activities. New research trend is about the impact of the technology in the elaboration information processing of the children. We wanted to analyze the influence of technolog...
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Surgical and pharmacological treatments, after Breast Cancer (BC) diagnosis, have a strong impact on emotional woman’s system. Psychological resilience to the impact may be to do the difference in the recovering phase, and more in the medical outcomes. Some Authors identified the illness perceptions and coping as significant variables in the psycho...
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The aim of this research was to study cognitive dysfunctions in multiple sclerosis (MS) by exploring subtle cognitive tasks, usually not included in the standard neuropsychological assessment. We wished to investigate whether it is possible to identify object decision deficits in MS patients without evident cognitive impairment; secondary objective...
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Introduction: In normal ageing, cognitive performance changes according to the neuronal modifications that occur in the brain. The elderly, as compared to younger individuals, have better verbal than visuospatial performance. In Alzheimer’s Disease (AD), neuropathological changes generally produce disorders of memory, language and semantic knowledg...
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Objectives Aim of the study was to examine the psychological resilience among young women afterwards breast cancer diagnosis, as they could be considered a risk group for psychological distress for that clinical event. Materials and Methods A sample of n. 82 women in range age 31-51 years old was recruited and distributed in 2 groups: a) Breast...
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Aim of the study is to verify the semantic associative abilities in children with different language onset times: early, typical, and delayed talkers. The study was conducted on the sample of 74 preschool children who performed a Perceptual Associative Task, in order to evaluate the ability to link concepts by four associative strategies (function,...
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Background: To investigate the prevalence of energy drink (ED) consumption and the associations with social, psychological and behavioral features among an Italian adolescent sample. Methods: A cross-sectional prevalence study of 450 Italian adolescents attending middle school was conducted. The Italian versions of the European Food Safety Autho...
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Objective: Patients affected by Alzheimer’s disease show deficits in emotion processing and inappropriate social behaviors during emotional situations were clinically observed. Aim of our study was to explore the ability of patients with Alzheimer’s disease in ascribing emotional meaning to environmental or human emotional sounds, to understand if...
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Cognitive reserve relies on the ability to effectively cope with aging and brain damage by using alternate processes to approach tasks when standard approaches are no longer available. In this study, the issue if creativity can predict cognitive reserve has been explored. Forty participants (mean age: 61 years) filled out: the Cognitive Reserve Ind...
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Technology-enhanced learning represents one of the most interesting fields in literature. Nowadays, children learn quickly how to use technology (PC, Smart-TV, smartphone). Therefore, educators and teachers report that children are highly skilled in learning process when it is based on technology. We undertook an original research to compare cognit...
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The aim of this research was to study semantic abilities and their loss in mild cognitive impairment (MCI) and in dementia, while analyzing efficiency in the use of associative relations, within verbal and visuoperceptual modalities. Participants were split into 4 groups: 19 participants with amnestic MCI, 16 patients with mild Alzheimer disease (A...
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Playing games is an important voluntary activity that promotes cognitive, social and emotional development. In addition to traditional games, the advent of new technologies has favored an explosion of computer games, very popular among children. Against this background, the authors report their investigation regarding the effect of gaming activitie...
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Aging can affect cognition in different ways. The extent to which aging affects divergent thinking is unclear. In this study, younger and older adults were compared at the performance on the Torrance Test of Creative Thinking in visual and verbal form. Results showed that older adults can think divergently as younger participants, although they pro...
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Introduction: Semantic impairment is well recognized as a cognitive deficit in patients with Alzheimer’s disease, but it is under-investigated in the early stage. Aim of this study was to explore the ability to access to semantic associative relations and the loss of these relations during the time in mild cognitive impairment patients, amnestic ty...
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Recently, the researchers’ interest has been focused on the interaction between old age and smart technologies. Aim of this study is to investigate the critical factors that might determine and improve a successful ageing. In order to verify the modifications of information on elaboration competence in ageing, through the use of touch technology, w...