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Thursday, April 16, 2020

Anxiety level drops as social support increases

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Ankara University Faculty Of Health Sciences Department Head Of Social Work Prof. Dr. Emine ozmet to the AA correspondent, the new type of corona virus in the elderly cardiovascular disease, diabetes, chronic respiratory disease and other diseases such as cancer, it is heavy of course because it is often seen, he said. Özmete, who is also the director of Ankara University's Center for the application and research of Old Age studies (Hayat), said that the first measures in Turkey were taken to raise awareness in society and to protect the elderly.

Risk to mental health
Many of the things seen as common with corona virus measures can no longer be done, and this process reveals concerns and fears such as "disease, being alone, death", he said. Özmete, science expert Melike Pak and the corona virus outbreak in the community to determine the level of anxiety and social support perception conducted a study, in this context during the outbreak of 630 people between the ages of 19-82 were interviewed and data collected online, he said.

"64.2 percent of the participants in the study are in constant state of anxiety"
Giving information on the results of the research Özmete, "62.6 percent of the men and women in each age group who participated in the study experience status anxiety level. 64.2 per cent have a constant state of anxiety. Although individuals express ’anxiety’, perceptions of social support are high. 70.6 percent of individuals say they have social support., "he said.

The level of anxiety among women is higher than that of men, he said. Pointing out that women are more likely to receive social support from their friends than men, Özmete said: "the anxiety level of those aged 65 and older is higher than that of all age groups. In fact, the level of anxiety associated with the epidemic period was found to be very high in the elderly." said.


The elderly, who are seen to have high levels of anxiety, have little social support, especially from their families, ozmete said. The highest age groups for anxiety levels are people aged 65 and over and young people aged 19-24. " Coronavirus outbreak in young people and the elderly are concerned at the same level.

Both women and the elderly constitute a risk group in terms of the high level of anxiety during the epidemic process. Being married and having an income are emerging as protective factors for the epidemic period."was in the form. Ozmete, married people also obtained the finding that the social support provided by the family was high, he said.

"Participants' interest in work and school decreased"
Prof. Dr. Emine Ozmete, said: "the higher the level of education in relation to the epidemic, the higher the level of anxiety. People who live in large cities and those with chronic disease also have a high level of anxiety. Social support from the family is decreasing in those with low income levels. As social support and social solidarity increase in society, the level of anxiety drops.

Participants in the study were observed to experience fear and panic, to be angry and angry, mental confusion, difficulty in attention and concentration, cognitive and emotional responses such as difficulties in decision-making. These individuals also expressed that they had physical complaints, such as headaches and fatigue, and felt hunger.

Participants in the study said that their hygiene behavior increased a lot, they were socially isolated and their social relationships weakened, as well as associated with measures taken in the corona virus outbreak. There was also decreased interest in work and school in the participants. Participants in the study expressed a change in their eating behavior."

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