Patterns of Psychological Responses among the Public during the Early Phase of COVID-19: A Cross-Regional Analysis

Chong, Yuen Yu and Chien, Wai Tong and Cheng, Ho Yu and Lamnisos, Demetris and Ļubenko, Jeļena and Presti, Giovambattista and Squatrito, Valeria and Constantinou, Marios and Nicolaou, Christiana and Papacostas, Savvas and Aydin, Gökçen and Ruiz, Francisco J. and Garcia-Martin, Maria B. and Obando-Posada, Diana P. and Segura-Vargas, Miguel A. and Vasiliou, Vasilis S. and McHugh, Louise and Höfer, Stefan and Baban, Adriana and Neto, David Dias and Silva, Ana Nunes da and Monestès, Jean-Louis and Alvarez-Galvez, Javier and Blarrina, Marisa Paez and Montesinos, Francisco and Salas, Sonsoles Valdivia and Őri, Dorottya and Kleszcz, Bartosz and Lappalainen, Raimo and Ivanović, Iva and Gosar, David and Dionne, Frederick and Merwin, Rhonda M. and Gloster, Andrew T. and Karekla, Maria and Kassianos, Angelos P.. (2021) Patterns of Psychological Responses among the Public during the Early Phase of COVID-19: A Cross-Regional Analysis. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 18 (8). p. 4143.

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This study aimed to compare the mediation of psychological flexibility, prosociality andcoping in the impacts of illness perceptions toward COVID-19 on mental health among seven regions.Convenience sampled online survey was conducted between April and June 2020 from 9130 citizensin 21 countries. Illness perceptions toward COVID-19, psychological flexibility, prosociality, copingand mental health, socio-demographics, lockdown-related variables and COVID-19 status wereassessed. Results showed that psychological flexibility was the only significant mediator in therelationship between illness perceptions toward COVID-19 and mental health across all regions (allps = 0.001–0.021). Seeking social support was the significant mediator across subgroups (allps range= <0.001–0.005) except from the Hong Kong sample (p= 0.06) and the North and South Americansample (p= 0.53). No mediation was found for problem-solving (except from the Northern Europeansample,p= 0.009). Prosociality was the significant mediator in the Hong Kong sample (p= 0.016)and the Eastern European sample (p= 0.008). These findings indicate that fostering psychologicalflexibility may help to mitigate the adverse mental impacts of COVID-19 across regions. Roles ofseeking social support, problem-solving and prosociality vary across regions.
Faculties and Departments:07 Faculty of Psychology > Departement Psychologie > Health & Intervention > Clinical Psychology and Intervention Science (Gloster)
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