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Psychological Wellbeing and Associated Factors Among Ethnic Minorities During the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Authors
  • Wong, Cho Lee1
  • Leung, Alice W Y2
  • Chan, Dorothy N S1
  • Chow, Ka Ming1
  • Chan, Carmen W H1
  • Ng, Marques S N1
  • So, Winnie K W1
  • 1 The Nethersole School of Nursing, Faculty of Medicine, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong SAR, China. , (China)
  • 2 The Nethersole School of Nursing, Faculty of Medicine, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong SAR, China. [email protected] , (China)
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of immigrant and minority health
Publication Date
Dec 01, 2022
Volume
24
Issue
6
Pages
1435–1445
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1007/s10903-022-01347-3
PMID: 35220516
Source
Medline
Keywords
Language
English
License
Unknown

Abstract

This study assessed the psychological wellbeing and its associated factors amongst ethnic minorities during the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. A total of 310 Hong Kong South Asians aged 41.3 (SD 13.7) years completed an anonymous online survey between July 2020 and February 2021. The results showed an overall moderate level of stress and high levels of depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms amongst South Asian minorities. Multivariable regression analyses suggested that being single/divorced, following Hinduism or other non-Muslim religions, having lower perceived knowledge of COVID-19 and having worried about losing job were significant predictors of higher levels of depression, anxiety and/or stress; additionally, being male, having a low monthly household income, having worried about losing job and healthcare collapse were significant predictors of a higher level of PTSD symptoms. The findings suggest an urgent need to alleviate the psychological impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on ethnic minorities, specifically for those most vulnerable to these impacts. © 2022. The Author(s), under exclusive licence to Springer Science+Business Media, LLC, part of Springer Nature.

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