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      Reflections, resilience and recovery: a qualitative study of Covid-19’s impact on an international adult population’s mental health and priorities for support

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      UCL Open Environment
      UCL Press
      Covid-19, mental health, behavioural change, qualitative, financial burden, support
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            Abstract

            The impact of the coronavirus 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic on different countries and populations is well documented in quantitative studies, with some studies showing stable mental health symptoms and others showing fluctuating symptoms. However, the reasons behind why some symptoms are stable and others change are under-explored, which in turn makes identifying the types of support needed by participants themselves challenging. To address these gaps, this study thematically analysed 925 qualitative responses from five open-ended responses collected in the UCL-Penn Global COVID Study between 17 April and 31 July 2021 (Wave 3). Three key themes that comprised 13 codes were reported by participants across countries and ages regarding the impact of Covid-19 on their health, both mental and physical, and livelihoods. These include: (1) Outlook on self/life, (2) Self-improvement, and (3) Loved ones (friends and family). In terms of support, while 2.91% did not require additional support, 91% wanted support beyond financial support. Other unexpected new themes were also discussed regarding vulnerable populations suffering disproportionately. The pandemic has brought into sharp focus various changes in people’s mental health, physical health and relationships. Greater policy considerations should be given to supporting citizens’ continued access to mental health when considering pandemic recovery.

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            Journal
            UCL Open Environ
            UCLOE
            UCL Open Environment
            UCL Open Environ
            UCL Press (UK )
            2632-0886
            01 December 2022
            2022
            : 4
            : e041
            Affiliations
            [1 ]Department of Psychology and Human Development, University College London, London, UK
            [2 ]Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK
            Author notes
            *Corresponding author: E-mail: keri.wong@ 123456ucl.ac.uk
            Author information
            https://orcid.org/0000-0002-2962-8438
            https://orcid.org/0000-0002-0706-2226
            https://orcid.org/0000-0001-7490-3323
            Article
            10.14324/111.444/ucloe.000041
            10208347
            37228465
            56d9753d-c2e4-46a0-a720-418a5a6e2660
            © 2022 The Authors.

            This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution Licence (CC BY) 4.0, which permits unrestricted use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.

            History
            : 03 February 2021
            : 21 July 2022
            Page count
            Figures: 1, Tables: 10, References: 36, Pages: 30
            Categories
            Research Article

            financial burden,Covid-19,mental health,behavioural change,qualitative,support

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