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What is the influence of the COVID-19 pandemic on mental wellbeing?

Avest, Aylin ter (2020) What is the influence of the COVID-19 pandemic on mental wellbeing?

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Abstract:In recent months, our lives have been drastically changed by the covid19 pandemic. Many national governments have imposed significant societal restrictions to minimize the spread and impact of the pandemic on their citizens and healthcare systems. Research on the influence of the covid19 pandemic has been inconclusive. Most of the previous studies focused on the negative effects of the covid19 pandemic on mental wellbeing, but there is some support that the pandemic may also have positive influences on mental wellbeing. The study aims to explore what the influence of the covid19 pandemic is on mental wellbeing. Participants were asked to write a love or break-up letter to the coronavirus about its influence on their mental wellbeing. Additionally, the Mental Health Continuum Short Form was conducted. Overall, the letters contained more negative emotions, less life satisfaction and indicated that participants felt less autonomous because of covid19. Positive relationships were the most prominent positive influence covid19 had on the participants. This study provides insight in the prevalence of positive and negative influences from the pandemic on mental wellbeing. It also indicates the importance of future research to explore the possibilities of how to reduce the negative effects of the covid19 pandemic on the citizens mental wellbeing. Furthermore, it is important that healthcare institutions provide education about what people could do to remain a positive mental wellbeing.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology MSc (66604)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/84755
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