Depressive symptoms associated with COVID-19 preventive practice measures, daily activities in home quarantine and suicidal behaviors: findings from a large-scale online survey in Bangladesh

Islam, M.S., Tasnim, R., Sujan, M.S.H., Ferdous, M.Z., Sikder, M.T., Masud, J.H.B., Kundu, S., Tahsin, P., Mosaddek, A.S.M. and Griffiths, M.D. ORCID: 0000-0001-8880-6524, 2021. Depressive symptoms associated with COVID-19 preventive practice measures, daily activities in home quarantine and suicidal behaviors: findings from a large-scale online survey in Bangladesh. BMC Psychiatry, 21: 273. ISSN 1471-244X

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Abstract

Background: The world is facing a public health emergency situation caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Psychological wellbeing among individuals worldwide has been negatively affected by the pandemic especially in low- and middle-income countries such as Bangladesh. The present study aimed to assess the estimate of depressive symptoms and investigated its associations with COVID-19 preventive practice measures, daily activities in home quarantine, and suicidal behaviors in a large-scale Bangladeshi online survey.

Methods: An online-based cross-sectional survey was widely distributed to Bangladeshi citizens. A total of 13,654 participants (61.0% male; mean age = 24.0 years [SD = 6.0]; age range 18–65 years) completed the survey between May and June (2020). The survey included socio-demographics and COVID-19-related questions, along with lifestyle, suicidal, and psychometric measures. Hierarchical regression was performed to determine significant associations between depression and examined variables.

Results: The estimate of depressive symptoms during the COVID-19 pandemic was 43.5%. Based on hierarchical regression analysis, depression was significantly associated with not engaging in COVID-19 preventive measures, daily activities in home quarantine (e.g., playing videogames), and suicidal behaviors.

Conclusions: Depressive symptoms appeared to be high during the COVID-19 pandemic in Bangladesh. To fight against the pandemic, mental health issues as well as physical health issues need to be taken into consideration.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: BMC Psychiatry
Creators: Islam, M.S., Tasnim, R., Sujan, M.S.H., Ferdous, M.Z., Sikder, M.T., Masud, J.H.B., Kundu, S., Tahsin, P., Mosaddek, A.S.M. and Griffiths, M.D.
Publisher: Springer Science and Business
Date: 26 May 2021
Volume: 21
ISSN: 1471-244X
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10.1186/s12888-021-03246-7DOI
1441845Other
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Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Record created by: Laura Ward
Date Added: 02 Jun 2021 13:26
Last Modified: 02 Jun 2021 13:26
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/42962

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