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Physical activity and coping moderated by depressive symptoms

Brot, Antje (2022) Physical activity and coping moderated by depressive symptoms.

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Abstract:Background. Post-COVID is a disease caused by an infection with SARS-CoV-2 if symptoms last for longer than 12 weeks. The current study investigated factors that can aid afflicted individuals of post-COVID with the recovery process, which included and was indicated in the study by the level of physical activity. Emotion-focused and problem-focused coping was considered to correlate with physical activity. The relationship was assumed to be moderated by depressive symptoms. Results. Spearman’s rank correlation and moderation with PROCESS were used. Neither the correlation analyses (p = .84) and (p = .58) nor the moderations (p = .28) and (p = .23) were significant. Participants scored higher than expected on the PHQ-SF and lower than expected on the PHQ-9 achieving ‘moderate’ scores on both scales. Discussion. The findings indicated that there is no correlation between emotion-focused-, problem-focused coping and level of physical activity in this sample. The results illustrate that depressive symptoms do not moderate the relationship. The sample appeared to be healthier than expected and the measurement instruments showed several shortcomings as they were not tailored to the sample. However, the study confirmed previous research concerning the symptoms of post-COVID and demonstrated the participant’s perceived ability to cope with stressors.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology BSc (56604)
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