Does Psychosocial Support Buffer the Effect of COVID-19 Related Stressors on Mental Health among Chinese during Quarantine?

Ying Wng, Xi'an Jiaotong University
Tolulope Ariyo, Xi'an Jiaotong University
Huijun Liu, Xi'an Jiaotong University
Chenjuan Ma, New York University

The effect of the COVID-19 related stressors on the mental health of both infected patients and the general public has been well established. However, knowledge is limited on how psychosocial support buffers the association. This study aimed to examine this buffering role in the context of China. We utilized cross-sectional data collected online in mid-March 2020, involving 585 respondents. Mental health status was determined through depression symptoms and loneliness. COVID-19 related stressors include three aspects: perceived severity, perceived threat to life and health, and perceived risk of COVID-19 infection. Psychosocial support included family and social supports. Analyses include ordinary linear regression. The finding showed that psychosocial support buffered the negative effect of loneliness in the context of perceived severity of COVID-19, but appeared to intensify the negative effect of depression symptoms in the context of perceived threat to life and health. However, there was no significant buffering effect on depression or loneliness in the context of the perceived risk of infection. The buffering effect of psychosocial support on COVID-19 related stressors is of mixed patterns. This study contributes to the emerging body of literature trying to understand how the COVID-19 impacts the mental health of individuals.

Keywords: COVID-19, Health and morbidity

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  Presented in Session 43. Estimating Impacts of COVID-19 on Mortality, Morbidity, and Society