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Social Isolation and Psychological Distress During the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Cross-National Analysis

Title
Social Isolation and Psychological Distress During the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Cross-National Analysis
Authors
Kim, Harris Hyun-sooJung, Jong Hyun
Ewha Authors
김현수
SCOPUS Author ID
김현수scopus
Issue Date
2021
Journal Title
GERONTOLOGIST
ISSN
0016-9013JCR Link

1758-5341JCR Link
Citation
GERONTOLOGIST vol. 61, no. 1, pp. 103 - 113
Keywords
COVID-19Mental well-beingMultilevel analysisNational contextSocial distancing
Publisher
OXFORD UNIV PRESS INC
Indexed
SCIE; SSCI; SCOPUS WOS scopus
Document Type
Article
Abstract
Background and Objectives: The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic resulted in social isolation globally, creating heightened levels of stress and anxiety. This study investigates the link between social isolation and mental well-being in later life, and how it varies across countries. Research Design and Methods: We draw on a subset of older adults from Global Behaviors and Perceptions in the COVID-19 Pandemic, a unique global online survey of 13,660 participants from 62 countries. We use mixed-effects models to analyze the data. Results: Social isolation (distancing) significantly predicts poor mental health operationalized as coronavirus-induced distress (p < .01). At the aggregate level, average distress varies positively across countries with higher numbers of coronavirus-related deaths (p < .10) and more fragile state capacity (p < .05), while varying negatively across those with more stringent anticoronavirus policies (p < .05). Finally, we report several cross-level interactions between social isolation and the total number of deaths (p = .025), policy stringency (p = .065), state fragility (p = .061), and globalization index (p = .071). Discussion and Implications: Our study shows that a proper understanding of the impact of COVID-19 on the mental well-being of older adults should consider the moderating role of national context.
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DOI
10.1093/geront/gnaa168
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