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| Published: May 20, 2021

Exploring the Psycho-socioeconomic Impact of COVID-19

Neetu Yadav

Applied Psychology Unit, Department of Psychology, University of Delhi, South Campus, New Delhi, India Google Scholar More about the auther

, S.P.K. Jena

Applied Psychology Unit, Department of Psychology, University of Delhi, South Campus, New Delhi, India Google Scholar More about the auther

DIP: 18.01.085.20210902

DOI: 10.25215/0902.085

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Covid-19 has caused havoc in almost every country in a short period. Economies have fallen apart, life risk has increased folds and the mental health of the world is threatened. The present study explores the psycho-socioeconomic impact of Covid-19 in general population during stage two of the first wave of the pandemic in India. Psychological distress and its relation to demographic variables (age, gender, family, work-home distance) were assessed among the participants. A total sample of N=151 completed Kessler Psychological Distress Scale (K10) and an open-ended questionnaire. The findings suggest high levels of psychological distress among the participants. There has been a negative effect of the crisis situation on income levels and job difficulty has increased folds. Certain groups such as the lower socioeconomic class, illiterate people, senior citizens, even higher income groups, were found to be more vulnerable to social distancing, blaming and stigma. Identification of such groups for reduction of stigma is necessary; therefore, dissemination of accurate information to the general public is a must.

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ISSN 2348-5396

ISSN 2349-3429

18.01.085.20210902

10.25215/0902.085

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Published in   Volume 09, Issue 2, April-June, 2021