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Psychological distress among people with probable COVID-19 infection: analysis of the UK Household Longitudinal Study

Niedzwiedz, Claire L and Benzeval, Michaela and Hainey, Kirsten and Leyland, Alastair H and Katikireddi, Srinivasa Vittal (2021) 'Psychological distress among people with probable COVID-19 infection: analysis of the UK Household Longitudinal Study.' BJPsych Open, 7 (3). e104-. ISSN 2056-4724

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Abstract

Studies exploring the longer-term effects of experiencing coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19) on mental health are lacking. We explored the relationship between reporting probable COVID-19 symptoms in April 2020 and psychological distress (measured using the General Health Questionnaire) 1, 2, 3, 5 and 7 months later. Data were taken from the UK Household Longitudinal Study, a nationally representative household panel survey of UK adults. Elevated levels of psychological distress were found up to 7 months after probable COVID-19, compared with participants with no likely infection. Associations were stronger among younger age groups and men. Further research into the psychological sequalae of COVID-19 is urgently needed.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Epidemiology; COVID-19; depressive disorders; infectious disease; mental health
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences
Faculty of Social Sciences > Institute for Social and Economic Research
SWORD Depositor: Elements
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 03 Dec 2021 13:51
Last Modified: 18 Aug 2022 10:40
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/31615

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