The mediating role of individual-level social capital among worries, mental health and subjective well-being among adults in Hong Kong during the COVID-19 pandemic

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Author(s)

  • Gary Ka-Ki Chung
  • Yat-Hang Chan
  • Jean Woo
  • Eng Kiong Yeoh
  • Roger Yat-Nork Chung
  • Samuel Yeung-Shan Wong
  • Michael Marmot
  • Richard Wai‑Tong Lee
  • Hung Wong

Detail(s)

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages11
Journal / PublicationCurrent Psychology
Online published23 Sep 2021
Publication statusOnline published - 23 Sep 2021

Abstract

The COVID-19 pandemic has substantially induced worries and affected individual mental health and subjective well-being. Nonetheless, a high level of social capital could potentially protect individuals who suffer from mental health problems and thus promote their subjective well-being, especially under the social distancing policies during the pandemic. To this end, based on a random sample of 1053 Hong Kong adults, structural equation modeling was applied to study the path relationships between the worries of COVID-19, social capital, mental health problems, and subjective well-being. The study found that worries during the pandemic were associated with mental health and subjective well-being, through social capital as a mediator. Moreover, social capital exhibited a stronger influence on mental health and subjective well-being in the economically inactive group than in the economically active group. This study highlights the important role of social capital during the COVID-19 pandemic. While Hong Kong’s COVID-19 response has primarily focused on disease prevention, it must be noted that social services and mutual-help activities are also crucial for people to withstand the crisis.

Research Area(s)

  • COVID-19, Social capital, Mental health, Subjective well-being, Structural equation modeling, Hong Kong

Citation Format(s)

The mediating role of individual-level social capital among worries, mental health and subjective well-being among adults in Hong Kong during the COVID-19 pandemic. / Chan, Siu-Ming; Chung, Gary Ka-Ki; Chan, Yat-Hang; Woo, Jean; Yeoh, Eng Kiong; Chung, Roger Yat-Nork; Wong, Samuel Yeung-Shan; Marmot, Michael; Lee, Richard Wai‑Tong; Wong, Hung.

In: Current Psychology, 23.09.2021.

Research output: Journal Publications and Reviews (RGC: 21, 22, 62)21_Publication in refereed journalpeer-review