Mental Distress during the COVID-19 Pandemic : A Cross-Sectional Study of Women Receiving the Comprehensive Social Security Allowance in Hong Kong

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Original languageEnglish
Article number10279
Journal / PublicationInternational Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Volume19
Issue number16
Online published18 Aug 2022
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2022

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Abstract

Welfare recipients were often considered the least deserving of COVID-related support. Despite the recent attention paid to the impact of COVID-19 pandemic on mental health, few studies have explored the mental distress experienced by welfare recipients. This cross-sectional study on female Comprehensive Social Security Allowance recipients in Hong Kong aimed to explore their level of mental distress and its association with a range of risk factors specific to welfare recipients. Hence, 316 valid cases from a local community center responded to our online survey. We found that 52.3%, 23.4%, and 78% of the participants showed moderate to extremely severe depression, anxiety, and stress symptoms, respectively. A higher level of mental distress was associated with having a psychiatric diagnosis, poorer social, and greater concerns over disciplining children, the living environment, daily expenses and being infected by COVID-19. Unexpectedly, being married, having a permanent residence, and having a job were not significant protective factors for this group. The models explained 45.5%, 44.6%, and 52.5% of the overall variance in the level of depression, anxiety, and stress (p < 0.01), respectively. Our findings have important implications for supporting female welfare recipients during a public health crisis and may help frontline staff and professionals provide prompt assistance to this group in need.

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  • mental health, COVID-19 pandemic, welfare recipients, Hong Kong

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Mental Distress during the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Cross-Sectional Study of Women Receiving the Comprehensive Social Security Allowance in Hong Kong. / Cui, Jialiang; Cheung, Vanessa Hoi Mei; Huang, Wenjie et al.
In: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, Vol. 19, No. 16, 10279, 08.2022.

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