Societal influence and psychological distress among Indonesian adults in Java on the early Omicron wave of COVID-19

Annette D'Arqom, Muh Akram, Nafesa Shafira Azzahranisa, Mhd Zamal Nasution, Endang Retno Surjaningrum, Junaidah Yusof

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Abstract

Aim: Changes during the COVID-19 pandemic might create pressure on different people, thus this study aimed to measure respondents' psychological distress during the early phase of the Omicron wave in Java Island. Methods: A web-based survey on societal influence and COVID-19-related psychological distress was distributed through social media in November-December 2021, and received 396 responses. Results: This study showed that almost 50% of respondents faced psychological distress during the early phase of the Omicron variant, especially concerning hypervigilance and avoidance. Several sociodemographic factors might contribute to the incidence of psychological distress including comorbidity, age and education. Conclusion: Taken together, the incidence of COVID-19-related psychological distress was still found in the early phase of the Omicron variant, especially among young adults. Plain language summary The COVID-19 pandemic hits every aspect of human life, including the social and psychological aspects. This study was conducted to measure these changes in Indonesian adults who stayed on Java Island during the early phase of the Omicron wave. Using an online questionnaire, 396 responses were received and analyzed. The results showed that almost half of the respondents still had symptoms of psychological distress. Several sociodemographic factors might contribute to the incidence of psychological distress including comorbidity, age, and education. Understanding these factors might bring benefits for future pandemic preparedness.

Original languageEnglish
Article numberFSO894
JournalFuture Science OA
Volume9
Issue number10
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2023

Keywords

  • anxiety
  • desirability
  • distance
  • information
  • mental health

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