| Published: May 20, 2021
Exploring the Psycho-socioeconomic Impact of COVID-19
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.
This is an Open Access Research distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (www.creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any Medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
© 2021, Yadav N. & S.P.K. Jena
Received: April 01, 2021; Revision Received: May 04, 2021; Accepted: May 20, 2021
Published in Volume 09, Issue 2, April-June, 2021