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The effect of COVID-19 news reporting on sleep and the role of stress, anxiety and depression as possible moderators

Hussein Oglu, E. (2021) The effect of COVID-19 news reporting on sleep and the role of stress, anxiety and depression as possible moderators.

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Abstract:The recent COVID-19 epidemic had widespread effects on society, among other things with regards to the mental health of people, e.g. in the case of sleeping problems. This study aimed to investigate the relationship between the consumption of news related to the COVID-19 epidemic and sleeping problems, and the role that the factors of stress, anxiety and depression play in that regard. It was hypothesized that the more people consume COVID-19 news, the higher their level of sleeping problems will be, and that the factors of stress, anxiety and depression will moderate this relation. In order to investigate this an online survey was set-up which measured different aspects of sleep quality (general sleep quality, level of chronic sleep reduction and level of insomnia symptoms), the participants frequency and duration of engagements with COVID-19 news and their level of stress, anxiety and depression. The analysis revealed a significant negative correlation between average duration of engagement with COVID-19 news and level of general sleep quality and positive correlation with chronic sleep reduction, and that stress, anxiety and depression moderate the relation between average duration of engagement with COVID-19 news as a predictor of a lower level of general sleep quality.
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/86259
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