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Year : 2022  |  Volume : 10  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 1-5

The effect of social media on awareness and mental health of people during COVID-19 pandemic

Department of Community Medicine, Bharati Vidyapeeth DTU Medical College, Pune, Maharashtra, India

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Sanjivani Vishwanath Patil
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DOI: 10.4103/DYPJ.DYPJ_40_21

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Background: The lockdown and the pandemic has caused a lot of mental health problems and social media exposure plays a major role in it. At present, many myths about coronavirus transmission and prevention are being circulated through social media. Objectives: 1. The objective of this study was to assess the awareness of COVID-19 among social media users2. To assess the prevalence of mental health problems using Stanford Acute Stress Reaction Scale and WHO-5 Well-Being Index and its association with social media exposure. Materials and Methods: An observational, cross-sectional study was conducted online. Participants were invited to take part in online survey using various social media platforms. Validated semi-structured questionnaire tool was used to collect data. Mental health status was assessed using the Stanford Acute Stress Reaction Scale and WHO-5 Well-Being Index. Multivariate logistic regression analyses were applied for adjusted odds ratio (OR) of outcome variables with different risk factors. Results: A total of 27 (9.93%) study participants suffered from acute stress disorder. A total of 118 (43.38%) study participants suffered from depression. Multivariate analyses found that adjusted odds of acute stress disorders were greater among those aged more than 60 years (Adj OR = 1.08), more in females (Adj OR = 1.31) as compared to males, and those with higher secondary education (Adj OR = 1.73). Depression was significantly more among individuals who either spent all or more than half of their time reading about COVID-19. Conclusions: Study findings indicate a need to pay more attention to mental health among the general population while combating with COVID-19.

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