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Title: Impact of COVID-19 Pandemic on the Psychological Status of Palestinian Adults in the West Bank, Palestine; A Cross-Sectional Study
Authors: Asmar, Imad 
Naseef, Hani 
Al-Shami, Nimeh 
Jaghama, Maram K. 
Abukhalil, Abdallah D. 
A. Karsh, Areefa 
AlFayyah, Fuad A. 
Dagher, Ro'a M. 
Keywords: COVID-19 Pandemic, 2020- - Palestine;COVID-19 Pandemic, 2020- Psychological aspects - Anxiety;COVID-19 Pandemic, 2020- Psychological aspects - Depression;Mental healthcare;Sociodemogrphic data
Issue Date: 15-Oct-2021
Journal: The Open Psychology Journal 
Abstract: Abstract: Background: Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) rapid manifestation and spread have disrupted world norms and affected people's daily activities and life. Many ministries chose mass lockdown protocol as a way to control the virus spread. Though this protocol has shown to be effective in limiting the Virus transmission, it might have a negative impact on the population's psychological status, such as boredom, confusion, psychological stress, anxiety, depression, and physical effects. Objective: This study aimed to find the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the Palestinian adults' psychological status by assessing the participant's practices, reports of anxiety and depression during the pandemics Methods: An observational descriptive cross-sectional study was conducted among Palestinian adults in the West Bank, at the occupied Palestinian territories, between July and September 2020. The questionnaire was structured into two domains: the first domain includes nine questions about sociodemographic data. The second consisted of 33 (yes and no) questions evaluating the participant's psychological status. Results: 739 participants with a mean age of 31.76, filled the online questionnaire. Around one-third of respondents revealed having many signs of anxiety, and around 42% of respondents expressed having many signs of depression. Females were significantly more likely to have signs of depression, whereas front-line COVID-19 health care workers were significantly the least likely to have signs of depression and no signs of depression were found among participants with high incomes. Conclusion: COVID-19 pandemic has a negative effect on mental status; most participants have signs of anxiety and depression. Keywords: COVID -19 pandemic, Anxiety, Depression, Practice, Mental healthcare, Sociodemogrphic dat
DOI: 10.2174/1874350102114010227
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