Mood responses associated with COVID-19 restrictions

Terry, Peter C. and Parsons-Smith, Renee L. and Terry, Victoria R. (2020) Mood responses associated with COVID-19 restrictions. Frontiers in Psychology, 11:589598. pp. 1-10.

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The COVID-19 pandemic resulted in more than half the world’s population being placed in lockdown to stem the spread of the virus. The severe restrictions imposed in many nations had the potential to significantly influence the physical and psychological wellbeing of those affected. The aim of the current study was to investigate mood responses during the period of restrictions from March to June, 2020. Mood responses of 1,062 participants(386male,676female)were collected using the Brunel Mood Scale, hosted on the In The Mood website The mean pattern of mood responses reflected an inverse iceberg profile, characterized by significantly elevated scoresfortension,depression,anger,fatigue,andconfusion,andbelowaveragescores for vigor; a profile associated with increased risk of mental health issues. Females reported more negative mood scores than males. Participants in the ≤25 age group reported the most negative profiles whereas those in the ≥56 age group reported the least negative profiles. Mood differences related to education status were also evident. Finally, mood scores fluctuated over time, with profiles being most negative during April and June. Overall, results confirmed significant mood disturbance during the period of COVID-19 restrictions, representing increased risk of psychopathology.

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Additional Information: Copyright © 2020 Terry, Parsons-Smith and Terry. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). The use, distribution or reproduction in other forums is permitted, provided the original author(s) and the copyright owner(s) are credited and that the original publication in this journal is cited, in accordance with accepted academic practice. No use, distribution or reproduction is permitted which does not comply with these terms.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Institute for Resilient Regions - Centre for Health Research (1 Apr 2020 -)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Psychology and Counselling (1 Jan 2015 -)
Date Deposited: 11 Jan 2021 02:58
Last Modified: 31 Jan 2021 23:14
Uncontrolled Keywords: affect, emotion, COVID-19, pandemic, mood profiling, BRUMS
Fields of Research (2008): 17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170114 Sport and Exercise Psychology
Fields of Research (2020): 52 PSYCHOLOGY > 5201 Applied and developmental psychology > 520107 Sport and exercise psychology
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