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Authors: Khachatryan, Kristine
Beutel, Manfred E.
Stöbel-Richter, Yve
Zenger, Markus
Berth, Hendrik
Brähler, Elmar
Schmidt, Peter
Title: Are attitudes towards COVID-19 pandemic related to subjective physical and mental health?
Online publication date: 25-Jan-2023
Year of first publication: 2022
Language: english
Abstract: In this paper, we investigate the relationship between a person’s psychological distress, subjective physical health and their attitudes towards the COVID-19 pandemic. The evaluation was performed on the basis of data from two waves of the Saxon Longitudinal Study, carried out in 2019 (pre-pandemic) and 2021. The number of study participants in both waves was 291. We tested in autoregressive cross-lagged models the stability of the respondents’ health status before and during the pandemic and reviewed their influence on attitudes towards COVID-19. Our results show that COVID-19-related concerns are controlled by subjective physical health, while pandemic denial is linked to psychological distress. In an unknown and critical situation, with limited control over the situation, the strategy of avoidance or suppression may be used by individuals for protection by psychologically downplaying the stressor and danger.
DDC: 610 Medizin
610 Medical sciences
Institution: Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz
Department: FB 04 Medizin
Place: Mainz
Version: Published version
Publication type: Zeitschriftenaufsatz
Document type specification: Scientific article
License: CC BY
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Journal: International journal of environmental research and public health
Pages or article number: 14538
Publisher: MDPI
Publisher place: Basel
Issue date: 2022
ISSN: 1660-4601
Publisher DOI: 10.3390/ijerph192114538
Appears in collections:DFG-491381577-G

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