Psychological effects of COVID- 19 lockdown among Aseer residents, Saudi Arabia

Lizy Sonia Benjamin, Yulis Setiya Dewi, Gading Ekapuja Aurizki, Alqarni Aida Sanad, Sumathi Robert Shanmugam, Punitha Josephine Santhanasamy

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Objective: To analyse the impact on mental health of the lockdown forced by the coronavirus disease-2019 pandemic. Method: This descriptive, cross-sectional study was conducted in Aseer, Saudi Arabia, in May and June 2020, and comprised adult natives of either gender ho could read and write Arabic. Data was collected using a self-developed questionnaire which was distributed online via Google Forms. Data was analysed using SPSS 22. Results: Of the 306 respondents, 238(77.8%) were females, 163(53.3%) were age 18-30 years 121(39.5%) were students, 166(54.2%) lived in a joint family, 257(84%) had undergone university education, 157(51.3%) were single, and 247(80.7%) resided in urban areas. During the lockdowns, 195(60%) participants felt moderate distress symptoms. Emotional distress and gender were significantly interlinked (p<0.01). Conclusion: The lock downs forced by the coronavirus disease-2019 pandemic had a moderate impact on the mental health of the participants, especially on females.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)S2-S6
JournalJPMA. The Journal of the Pakistan Medical Association
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2023


  • Adolescent
  • Anxiety
  • COVID-19
  • Mental health
  • Psychological distress


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