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      A three-wave network analysis of COVID-19's impact on schizotypal traits, paranoia and mental health through loneliness

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            UCL Open: Environment Preprint
            UCL Press
            2 September 2021
            [1 ] Department of Psychology and Human Development, University College London, London UK
            [2 ] Neuropsychology and Applied Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory, CAS Key Laboratory of Mental Health, Institute of Psychology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing China; Department of Psychology, University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing China
            [3 ] Department of Psychology and Cognitive Science, University of Trento, Rovereto Italy; Psychology Program, School of Social Sciences, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
            [4 ] Departments of Criminology, Psychiatry, and Psychology, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia USA
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            This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY) 4.0, which permits unrestricted use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.

            UCL Global Engagement Fund 563920.100.177785

            The datasets generated during and/or analysed during the current study are available in the repository:

            Psychology, Social & Behavioral Sciences

            Network Analysis, Schizotypy, Paranoia, Depression, Loneliness, Anxiety, Sleep, Mental Health, COVID-19, Longitudinal, Health, Public policymaking


            Date: 22 October 2021

            Handling Editor: Prof Dan Osborn

            Editorial decision: Request revision. The Handling Editor requested revisions; the article has been returned to the authors to make this revision.

            Please take into particular consideration:

            • All the very helpful points raised by each reviewer on various aspects of the paper including points made about possible further analysis that might bring out the reasons why Covid itself might be a factor in the conditions studied and not "just" the driver of the social or environmental circumstances in which people found themselves. Perhaps the reviewers were referring obliquely to the inflammatory / immune system impacts of the virus?
            • The way loneliness is considered in the paper needs some clarification. Reviewers point to inconsistencies. Perhaps this is because loneliness has many different facets and causes and manifestations?
            • It might help on the last point if slightly more could be said about the nature of the environments that people were living at the time of the study and whether there was any role for the fact that people were prevented from accessing local green and open spaces or waterbodies etc. and that this may have led to enhanced loneliness.
            2021-10-25 08:41 UTC

            Date: 23 September 2021

            Handling Editor: Prof Dan Osborn

            This article is a preprint article and has not been peer-reviewed. It is under consideration following submission to UCL Open: Environment for open peer review.

            2021-09-23 15:50 UTC

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