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Mindfulness: A Protective Factor for the Psychological Effects of the Covid-19 Pandemic

Harvey, Leah (2021) Mindfulness: A Protective Factor for the Psychological Effects of the Covid-19 Pandemic. Undergraduate thesis, Dublin, National College of Ireland.

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Abstract

Emerging research has shown that the Covid-19 pandemic is causing substantial increases in anxiety and depression for individuals across the globe. Studies suggest that one critical antecedent of such psychological effects is fear of Covid-19. Identifying protective factors for mental health has been a prominent and key area for research since the coronavirus outbreak. The present study aimed to investigate the role of mindfulness disposition as a protective factor against anxiety and depression symptoms consequent to fear of Covid-19, while also exploring gender differences in levels of mindfulness. A questionnaire measuring fear of Covid-19, anxiety and depressive symptomology and mindfulness was administered to participants (n=310) through various social media platforms. Results indicated that lower levels of fear of Covid-19 were associated with higher levels of mindfulness disposition. Findings from multiple regression analyses indicated that higher levels of fear of Covid-19 predicted higher levels of anxiety and depression, and higher levels of mindfulness disposition predicted lower levels of anxiety and depression. Mindfulness disposition was the strongest predictor of anxiety and depression. T-test results showed that females scored significantly lower than males in levels of mindfulness disposition. This study highlights mindfulness as a potential protective factor for the psychological effects consequent to fear of Covid-19. The major implications of these findings are discussed.

Item Type: Thesis (Undergraduate)
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > Psychology
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA790 Mental Health
Divisions: School of Business > BA (Honours) in Psychology
Depositing User: Clara Chan
Date Deposited: 11 Aug 2021 15:49
Last Modified: 16 Sep 2021 15:15
URI: http://norma.ncirl.ie/id/eprint/4938

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