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Associations between Relationship Quality and Mental Health during COVID-19 in the United Kingdom

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Department for Psychotherapy and Biopsychosocial Health, Danube University Krems, 3500 Krems an der Donau, Austria
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Department of Work, Organization and Society, Ghent University, 9000 Gent, Belgium
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18(6), 2869; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18062869
Received: 25 February 2021 / Revised: 8 March 2021 / Accepted: 9 March 2021 / Published: 11 March 2021
This study investigated the association of relationship quality with several well-being measures during the COVID-19 lockdown in the United Kingdom. An online survey was conducted on a study sample (n = 682) measuring relationship quality with the Quality of Marriage Index, and well-being measures including quality of life (WHO-QoL BREF), well-being (WHO-5), perceived stress (PSS-10), depressive (PHQ-9), and anxiety (GAD-7) symptoms. Good relationship quality goes along with higher scores in well-being (WHO-5), quality of life (WHO-QoL BREF), psychological domain, physical health, social relationships, environment, and reduced scores in stress (PSS-10), depressive (PHQ-9) and anxiety (GAD-7) symptoms compared with poor relationship quality (p < 0.001). Moreover, 21% of participants living in relationships with poor quality stated that they drink significantly more alcohol since the initial COVID-19 restrictions, compared to 10% of participants with good quality (p = 0.002). Living in a good relationship seems to be an advantage, whereas those with poor relationship quality are particularly more burdened and drink significantly more alcohol during the COVID-19 lockdown. View Full-Text
Keywords: relationship quality; COVID-19; mental health; life quality; well-being relationship quality; COVID-19; mental health; life quality; well-being
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Pieh, C.; Probst, T.; Budimir, S.; Humer, E. Associations between Relationship Quality and Mental Health during COVID-19 in the United Kingdom. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18, 2869. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18062869

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Pieh C, Probst T, Budimir S, Humer E. Associations between Relationship Quality and Mental Health during COVID-19 in the United Kingdom. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2021; 18(6):2869. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18062869

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Pieh, Christoph, Thomas Probst, Sanja Budimir, and Elke Humer. 2021. "Associations between Relationship Quality and Mental Health during COVID-19 in the United Kingdom" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 18, no. 6: 2869. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18062869

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