Mitigating social and economic sources of trauma: The need for universal basic income during the coronavirus pandemic

Psychol Trauma. 2020 Aug;12(S1):S191-S192. doi: 10.1037/tra0000739. Epub 2020 Jun 18.


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 intergenerational 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. (PsycInfo Database Record (c) 2020 APA, all rights reserved).

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • COVID-19
  • Coronavirus Infections*
  • Economic Recession*
  • Homeless Persons
  • Humans
  • Income*
  • Pandemics*
  • Pneumonia, Viral*
  • Psychological Trauma* / economics
  • Psychological Trauma* / etiology
  • Psychological Trauma* / prevention & control
  • Public Assistance* / economics
  • Unemployment