A Study of The Stress, Anxiety and Family Relationships Among Thai People After The Covid-19 Pandemic in The Early Stages

Authors

  • Nootchanart Ruksee National Institute for Child and Family Development, Mahidol University
  • Khanokporn Donjdee National Institute for Child and Family Development, Mahidol University
  • Nanthanat Songsiri National Institute for Child and Family Development, Mahidol University
  • Winanda Deesawas National Institute for Child and Family Development, Mahidol University
  • Salinee Janjaroen National Institute for Child and Family Development, Mahidol University
  • Aree Yupu National Institute for Child and Family Development, Mahidol University

Keywords:

COVID-19, Stress, Anxiety, Family Relationship

Abstract

Thailand Lockdown Policy for the reduction of Covid-19 in the early stages had an impact on daily living leading to stress, anxiety, and family relationship problem. This cross-sectional descriptive studie was conducted to study the stress, anxiety, and family relationships after the COVID-19 pandemic in the early stages and to investigate factors associated with stress after the COVID-19 pandemic in the early stages. Data was collected from people who lived in Thailand after the first COVID-19 pandemic in May. The sample of the study consisted of 361 participants chosen. The research instruments used for data collection include personal information, a Stress Assessment Form (ST5), a Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale Thai version and a Family Relation Questionnaire (Thai HADS). Data was analyzed by frequency, percentage, mean and standard deviation. Correlations among factors were analyzed by Chi – Square, the Fisher exact test.

          The results showed that the vast majority of participations (56.2 percent) had stress at mild levels, followed by stress at moderate levels with 29.9 percent, and higher levels with 13.9 percent. Using the data 97.8 percent of participations had no anxiety. The positive change to family relationship during COVID-19 pandemic in the early stage found that some families were doing well and looked after each other 58.4 percent, with others had a negative change to family relationships regrading family argument of 25.2 percent and down 21.1 percent. Significant factors associated with stress under the COVID-19 pandemic in the early stages (p < 0.05) were age, employment, number of children, and anxiety.

          The results of this study suggested that mental health and family relationships are a major problem. Stakeholders should create guidelines for restoring positive mind, resilience and cooperation under the COVID-19 pandemic which persists over the long term.

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2021-07-26

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