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The Pandemic Stress Index is a measure of behavior changes and stress related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The complete measure (in English, Spanish, Turkish, Italian, Mandarin, Haitian Creole, Arabic, Portuguese, Lithuanian, and Greek) are posted publicly here. Please let us know if you adopt this measure for your work or translate it to another language as we would like to eventually be able to compare data across multiple groups. The measure has also been uploaded to REDCap, and the data dictionary is posted here so that you can add it to an existing REDCap survey easily. More information about the survey is posted here: https://elcentro.sonhs.miami.edu/research/measures-library/psi/index.html Please use the following citation for the measure: Harkness, A., Behar-Zusman, V., & Safren, S.A. (2020). Understanding the impact of COVID-19 on Latino sexual minority men in a US HIV hot spot. AIDS and Behavior. doi: 10.1007/s10461-020-02862-w
Pandemic Stress Index (PSI) – English (see below for Spanish, Turkish, Italian, Mandarin, Creole, Arabic,
Portuguese, Lithuanian, and Greek)
Please use the following citation (original publication of the Pandemic Stress Index):
Harkness, A., Behar-Zusman, V., Safren, S.A. (2020). Understanding the impact of COVID-19 on Latino sexual
minority men in a US HIV hot spot. AIDS & Behavior. doi: 10.1007/s10461-020-02862-w
1. What are you doing/did you do during COVID-19 (coronavirus)? (check all that apply)
__ no changes to my life or behavior
__ practicing social distancing (i.e., reducing your physical contact with other people in social, work, or school
settings by avoiding large groups and staying 3-6 feet away from other people)
(if yes – how long have you been doing/did you do this for? [days])
Of these X days, how many did you end up needing to be physically near people (i.e., you were
not able to practice social distancing on those days)?
(if yes – did you choose to do this yourself or did someone else require you to?)
(if yes – did you do this to protect someone else in your household?)
__ isolating or quarantining yourself (i.e., while you are sick or if you have been exposed, separating yourself
from other people to prevent others from getting it)
(if yes – how long have you been doing/did you do this for? [days])
Of these X days, how many did you end up breaking the isolation or quarantine (i.e., you were
not isolated or quarantined on those days)?
(if yes – did you choose to do this yourself or did someone else require you to?)
(if yes – did you do this to protect someone else in your household?)
__ caring for someone at home
(if yes –
__ a child or children
__ an elderly person
__ working from home
(if yes – did you have to balance this with taking care of others [e.g., parents, kids, partners?])
__ not working
(if yes – did you lose your source of income because of COVID-19/coronavirus?)
(if yes – why? (check all that apply)
__ because I am/was sick or under quarantine
__ because someone in my household was sick/under quarantine
__ because my place of work was closed and didn’t offer a remote work option
__ because I was laid off or lost my employment
__ a change in use of healthcare services (e.g., calling your healthcare provider, going to urgent care, etc.)
(if yes – was this an increase or decrease?)
__ following media coverage related to COVID-19 (e.g., watching or reader the news, following social media
coverage, etc.)
(if yes: on average, how many hours per day did you spend on this?)
__ changing travel plans
(if yes – did you travel more or less?)
2. How much is/did COVID-19 (coronavirus) impact your day-to-day life?
1 - Not at all
2 - A little
3 - Much
4 - Very much
5 - Extremely
9 - Decline to answer
3. Which of the following are you experiencing (or did you experience) during COVID-19 (coronavirus)? (check
all that apply)
__ being diagnosed with COVID-19
__ fear of getting COVID-19
__ fear of giving COVID-19 to someone else
__ worrying about friends, family, partners, etc.
if yes, were you worried about people:
__ locally
__ in other parts of the US
__ outside the US
__ stigma or discrimination from other people (e.g., people treating you differently because of your identity,
having symptoms, or other factors related to COVID-19)
__ personal financial loss (e.g., lost wages, job loss, investment/retirement loss, travel-related cancelations)
__ frustration or boredom
__ not having enough basic supplies (e.g., food, water, medications, a place to stay)
__ more anxiety
__ more depression
__ more sleep, less sleep, or other changes to your normal sleep pattern
__ increased alcohol or other substance use
__ a change in sexual activity
(if yes – was this an increase or decrease?)
__ loneliness
__ confusion about what COVID-19 is, how to prevent it, or why social distancing/isolation/quarantines are
needed
__ feeling that I was contributing to the greater good by preventing myself or others from getting COVID-19
__ getting emotional or social support from family, friends, partners, a counselor, or someone else
__ getting financial support from family, friends, partners, an organization, or someone else
__ other difficulties or challenges (We want to hear from you! Please tell us more__________)
Pandemic Stress Index (PSI) – Spanish
1. ¿Que esta haciendo/que hizo durante COVID-19 (coronavirus)? (marque todos los que apliquen)
___ Ningún cambio en mi vida o comportamiento
___ Practiqué “distancia social” (es decir, reduje mi contacto físico con otras personas en lugares sociales, de
trabajo o escolares para evitar estar en grupos grandes de personas y me mantuve a 3-6 pies de distancia de
otras personas)
(si su respuesta es Sí—cuanto tiempo lo ha estado haciendo/cuanto tiempo lo hizo? [días])
De estos X días, cuantos días tuvo que estar físicamente cerca de otras personas (es decir,
¿cuantos días no pudo practicar distancia social)?
(si su respuesta es Sí—¿la decisión fue suya u otra persona se lo requirió)?
(si su respuesta es Sí—¿la decisión fue para proteger a otra persona o a miembros de su hogar?)
___ Me aislé o me puse en cuarentena (es decir, si estuvo enfermo o fue expuesto, se separo de otras personas
para prevenir que otros se enfermaran)
(si su respuesta es Sí—cuanto tiempo lo ha estado haciendo/cuanto tiempo lo hizo?)
De estos X días, ¿cuantos días tuvo que romper su aislamiento o cuarentena (es decir, no
estuvo aislado o en cuarentena)?
(si su respuesta es Sí—¿la decisión fue suya u otra persona se lo obligo?)
(si su respuesta es Sí—¿la decisión fue para proteger a otro miembro de su hogar?)
___ Cuide a alguien en mi casa
(si su respuesta es Sí—
_____niño (s)
_____ una persona mayor de edad (anciano)
___ Trabaje desde casa
(si su respuesta es Sí—¿tuvo que balancear esto con cuidar a otros [por ejemplo, tuvo que cuidar a sus
padres, niños, compañero (a)]?)
___ No Trabaje
(si su respuesta es Sí—perdió su fuente de ingreso debido a COVID-19 (coronavirus)?)
(si su respuesta es Sí—¿por qué? (marque todos los que se apliquen)
_____ porque estoy/estaba enfermo/a o estaba bajo cuarentena
_____ porque alguien en mi hogar estaba enfermo/a o estaba bajo cuarentena
_____ porque mi lugar de empleo estaba cerrado y no había opción de trabajar a distancia (o de
manera remota)
_____ porque hicieron ajustes de trabajo en mi compañía o me despidieron de mi trabajo
___ Seguí la cobertura periodística de COVID-19 (es decir, vio o leyó las noticias, siguió la cobertura por las
redes sociales, etc.)
(si su respuesta es Sí—¿que promedio de horas cada día?)
___ Cambie mis planes de viaje
(si su respuesta es Sí)—¿viajo mas o menos?
___ Use mas servicios de salud (es decir, llamo mas a su proveedor de atención medica, fue al centro de
urgencia medica, etc.)
(si su respuesta es Sí—¿incremento o se redujo?)
2. ¿Cuanto es/ fue el impacto de COVID-19 (coronavirus) en su vida cotidiana?
1- Ninguna
2- Un poco
3- De cierta manera
4- Bastante
5- En gran manera
9- Se niega a responder
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