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COVID-19 and coping: Absence of previous mental health issues as a potential risk factor for poor wellbeing in females

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COVID-19 has caused unprecedented disruption to everyday life. Unsurprisingly, this has resulted in increased prevalence of poor mental wellbeing. While previous mental health issues have been consistently flagged as a risk factor, the absence of these may also leave individuals vulnerable due to a lack of psychological coping strategies. This study explored the change in symptoms of anxiety, depression, and trauma in 167 females who provided data at four timepoints over the course of the first year of the pandemic. There was a significant effect of time on the extent of the change in depression but, for all wellbeing measures, those with current or previous mental health issues experienced a similar magnitude of change as those with no previous issues. This suggests that low-risk individuals may be faring worse, relatively. Ensuring that this group is not overlooked will be imperative in protecting and re-building the wellbeing of the nation. 

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  • Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences

Published in

Dialogues in Health

Volume

2

Publisher

Elsevier

Version

  • VoR (Version of Record)

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© The Authors

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This is an Open Access Article. It is published by Elsevier under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International Licence (CC BY). Full details of this licence are available at: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

Acceptance date

2023-02-05

Publication date

2023-02-08

Copyright date

2023

ISSN

2772-6533

Language

  • en

Depositor

Dr Gemma Witcomb. Deposit date: 8 February 2023

Article number

100113

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