Socioeconomic inequality in mental well-being associated with COVID-19 containment measures in a low-incidence Asian globalized city

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Author(s)

  • Roger Yat-Nork Chung
  • Gary Ka-Ki Chung
  • Yat-Hang Chan
  • Hung Wong
  • Eng Kiong Yeoh
  • Jessica Allen
  • Jean Woo
  • Michael Marmot

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Original languageEnglish
Article number23161
Journal / PublicationScientific Reports
Volume11
Online published30 Nov 2021
Publication statusPublished - 2021

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Abstract

The COVID-19 pandemic exposes and amplifies pre-existing inequalities even in places with relatively well-controlled outbreaks such as Hong Kong. This study aimed to explore whether the socioeconomically disadvantaged fare worse via various types of worry in terms of their mental health and well-being. Between September and October 2020, 1067 adults in Hong Kong were recruited via a cross-sectional population-wide telephone survey. The inter-relationship between deprivation, types of worry, mental health disorders, and subjective well-being was assessed using structural equation modelling. Results showed significant total effects of deprivation on worries about being infected ( =  0.002), economic activities and livelihood (p  <  0.001), and personal savings ( <  0.001), as well as mental health disorders ( <  0.001) and subjective well-being (p  <  0.001). Specifically, worry about economic activities and livelihood partly mediated the total effect of deprivation on mental health disorders (p  =  0.004), whereas worry about personal savings and worry about economic activities and livelihood partially mediated the total effect of deprivation on subjective well-being ( =  0.007 and 0.002, respectively). Socioeconomic inequality, particularly in mental health and well-being, could be exacerbated via people’s economic concerns during the pandemic, which was largely induced by the COVID-19 containment measures rather than the pandemic per se given the relatively low COVID-19 incidence in Hong Kong.

Research Area(s)

  • COVID-19, subjective well-being, mental health, Hong Kong

Citation Format(s)

Socioeconomic inequality in mental well-being associated with COVID-19 containment measures in a low-incidence Asian globalized city. / Chung, Roger Yat-Nork; Chung, Gary Ka-Ki; Chan, Siu-Ming et al.

In: Scientific Reports, Vol. 11, 23161, 2021.

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

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