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Mitigating social and economic sources of trauma: the need for Universal Basic Income during the Coronavirus Pandemic

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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>18/06/2020
<mark>Journal</mark>Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy
Issue numberS1
Number of pages2
Pages (from-to)S191-S192
Publication StatusPublished
<mark>Original language</mark>English


The COVID-19 Pandemic is projected to cause an economic shock larger than the Global Financial Crisis of 2007/2008 and a recession as great as anything seen since the Great Depression in 1930s. The social and economic consequences of lockdowns and social distancing measures, such as unemployment, broken relationships and homelessness create potential for inter-generational trauma extending decades into the future. In this article, we argue that, in the absence of a vaccine, governments need to introduce Universal Basic Income as a means of mitigating this trauma.