Depressive and anxious symptomatology in a Lebanese sample during the COVID-19 outbreak

Assi, M. ORCID: 0000-0003-0529-2981, Maatouk, I. ORCID: 0000-0003-1008-7413 and Jaspal, R. ORCID: 0000-0002-8463-9519, 2021. Depressive and anxious symptomatology in a Lebanese sample during the COVID-19 outbreak. International Journal of Health Promotion and Education. ISSN 1463-5240

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Abstract

This study explores the correlates of depressive and anxious symptomatology in a Lebanese sample during the COVID-19 outbreak. A convenience sample of 191 respondents participated in a cross-sectional survey and completed measures of fear of COVID-19, rumination about COVID-19, job insecurity, political trust, depression, and generalized anxiety. Results indicated that political trust was associated with greater wellbeing (manifested as decreased job insecurity, fear of COVID-19, depression, and anxiety). Respondents who reported no compliance with self-isolation measures reported less rumination about COVID-19 and less fear of COVID-19 than those who did. Multiple regression analyses showed that fear of, and rumination about, COVID-19 predicted depressive and anxious symptomatology while political trust was protective against depressive symptomatology only. This study provides a novel perspective on mental health in Lebanon, by focusing on its social and psychological predictors during the COVID-19 pandemic. Due to political and economic instability in Lebanon, the COVID-19 crisis may have deleterious effects on mental health in the Lebanese population. Internet-based cognitive behavioral therapy is an evidence-based and cost-effective approach to enhancing mental health during the pandemic and may be beneficial in the Lebanese context.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: International Journal of Health Promotion and Education
Creators: Assi, M., Maatouk, I. and Jaspal, R.
Publisher: Taylor and Francis (Routledge)
Date: 8 July 2021
ISSN: 1463-5240
Identifiers:
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10.1080/14635240.2021.1950561DOI
1448755Other
Rights: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in [International Journal of Health Promotion and Education on 08/07/2021, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/14635240.2021.1950561
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Record created by: Jeremy Silvester
Date Added: 02 Jul 2021 14:19
Last Modified: 18 Oct 2021 14:48
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/43299

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