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Anxiety and depression symptoms, and lack of emotional support among the general population before and during the COVID-19 pandemic. A prospective national study on prevalence and risk factors.

Authors
  • van der Velden, Peter G1
  • Contino, Carlo2
  • Das, Marcel3
  • van Loon, Peter4
  • Bosmans, Mark W G5
  • 1 CentERdata, Tilburg, The Netherlands; Tilburg University's Network on Health and Labor (NETHLAB), Tilburg, The Netherlands. Electronic address: [email protected] , (Netherlands)
  • 2 Fonds Slachtofferhulp, The Hague, The Netherlands. Electronic address: [email protected] , (Netherlands)
  • 3 CentERdata, Tilburg, The Netherlands; Tilburg School of Economics and Management, Tilburg University, Tilburg, The Netherlands. Electronic address: [email protected] , (Netherlands)
  • 4 van Loon Crisis Stress Trauma, Barsingerhorn, The Netherlands. Electronic address: [email protected] , (Netherlands)
  • 5 NIVEL, Utrecht, The Netherlands. Electronic address: [email protected] , (Netherlands)
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of affective disorders
Publication Date
Aug 20, 2020
Volume
277
Pages
540–548
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/j.jad.2020.08.026
PMID: 32889378
Source
Medline
Keywords
Language
English
License
Unknown

Abstract

The effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the mental health and emotional support among the general population are unclear. We therefore assessed if the prevalence of high Anxiety and Depression Symptoms (ADS) levels and lack of Emotional Support (ES) increased, and if risk factors of ADS and ES changed. Data was extracted from surveys conducted with the Dutch longitudinal population-based LISS panel (N = 3,983). ADS and ES were assessed in March 2019 and 2020. Risk factors for ADS and ES were extracted from surveys in November 2018 and 2019. These were: ADS, gender, education, domestic situation, employment, age, ethnicity, lung and heart problems, and diabetes. The prevalence of high ADS levels and lack of ES did not increase compared to the pre-outbreak prevalence. ADS, non-native ethnic background, (partial) work disabilities and lung problems were predictive of both ADS and lack of ES in March 2019 and 2020. Job seekers, students and those who take care of housekeeping were more at risk for ADS in March 2020, but not in 2019. While 35-49 years old respondents were less at risk for ADS in March 2019, they were more at risk in 2020. Parents with child(ren) at home and those who take care of housekeeping more often lacked ES in March 2020, but not in 2019. No other mental health problems were assessed. No increase in the prevalence of ADS and lack of ES was found. Some risk factors remained significant after the outbreak, while others changed notably. Copyright © 2020 The Author(s). Published by Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

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