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The Impact of Social Support on Public Anxiety amidst the COVID-19 Pandemic in China

Ao, Y, Zhu, H, Meng, F, Wang, Y, Ye, G, Yang, L, Dong, N and Martek, I 2020, The Impact of Social Support on Public Anxiety amidst the COVID-19 Pandemic in China, International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, vol. 17, no. 23, pp. 1-14, doi: 10.3390/ijerph17239097.

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Title The Impact of Social Support on Public Anxiety amidst the COVID-19 Pandemic in China
Author(s) Ao, Y
Zhu, H
Meng, F
Wang, Y
Ye, G
Yang, L
Dong, N
Martek, IORCID iD for Martek, I orcid.org/0000-0001-6573-1291
Journal name International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Volume number 17
Issue number 23
Article ID 9097
Start page 1
End page 14
Total pages 14
Publisher MDPI
Place of publication Basel, Switzerland
Publication date 2020-12-06
ISSN 1661-7827
1660-4601
Keyword(s) 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV)
COVID-19
China
Social Support Rating Scale
State–Trait Anxiety Inventory
epidemic
mental health
pandemic
public anxiety
social support
Summary The recent coronavirus outbreak has captured worldwide attention. This study investigated the anxiety of the Chinese public and its relationship with social support during the early stage of the COVID-19 pandemic, thereby providing empirical support for interventions on improving the public’s mental health. On the basis of an online questionnaire survey conducted on 10–18 February 2020, this study shows that 19.8%, 68.5%, and 11.1% of the respondents suffered mild anxiety, moderate anxiety, and severe anxiety, respectively. Significant differences are reported in state anxiety between people with different household incomes. There are significant differences in trait anxiety and state anxiety between different social support groups. Social support and trait anxiety are negatively correlated. Social support and state anxiety are negatively correlated. Social support affects state anxiety both directly and indirectly (through the mediation of trait anxiety). Therefore, during the COVID-19 pandemic, increasing public support for society can effectively reduce public anxiety.
Language eng
DOI 10.3390/ijerph17239097
Indigenous content off
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2020, The Author(s)
Free to Read? Yes
Use Rights Creative Commons Attribution licence
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