COVID-19 preventive behaviours among people with anxiety and depressive symptoms: findings from Japan

A. Stickley, T. Matsubayashi, H. Sueki, M. Ueda

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Abstract

Objectives: The aim of the study was to examine COVID-19 preventive behaviours among individuals with mental health problems. Study design: This is a pooled cross-sectional study. Methods: Online survey data were analysed from 2000 Japanese adults collected in April and May 2020. Information was obtained on 13 COVID-19 preventive behaviours and anxiety and depressive symptoms using the Generalized Anxiety Disorder 7-item scale and Patient Health Questionnaire-9, respectively. Linear regression analysis was used to examine the associations. Results: In models adjusted for demographic and socio-economic factors, anxiety (coefficient: −0.77, 95% confidence interval [CI]: −1.30, -0.24) and depressive symptoms (coefficient: −0.82, 95% CI: −1.34, -0.30) were both associated with significantly lower engagement in COVID-19 preventive behaviours. Conclusion: Our results highlight the importance of facilitating the performance of preventive behaviours in individuals with mental health problems to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in this population.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)91-93
Number of pages3
JournalPublic Health
Volume189
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2020 Dec

Keywords

  • Anxiety
  • COVID-19
  • Depression
  • Health behaviour
  • Japan

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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