By Sonia Harrati, Kathleen Beuvelet, and Constance Barthès, LCPI, Université Toulouse Jean Jaurès, France.
The medico-psychological and social consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic are major. This pandemic, which has become a serious global crisis, is considered “unique” (Gates, 2020), particularly in that it confronts us with massive challenges that disrupt public, economic and also private life. While the future remains uncertain, the physical and psychological well-being of populations is affected (Duan & Zhu, 2020; Liu et al, 2020). Clinicians are indeed massively called upon to understand, treat and alleviate the consequences on individuals and couples that this health crisis may have had and the new living conditions and patterns of relationships imposed on people. In this perspective, and from clinical vignettes, this contribution aims to question the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic and new barriers such as “social distancing” on emotional and sexual relationships, and more particularly on those of the students. We are trying to understand how COVID-19, considered as a social fact, has or has not disrupted the sex and love life of couples and people or has positioned relationships between people in new terms.