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Psychological Health and Digital Social Participation of the Older Adults during the COVID-19 Pandemic in Blekinge, Sweden—An Exploratory Study

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Department of Health, Blekinge Institute of Technology, SE-371 79 Karlskrona, Sweden
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School of Health Sciences, University of Skövde, SE-541 28 Skövde, Sweden
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2022, 19(6), 3711; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph19063711
Received: 27 January 2022 / Revised: 4 March 2022 / Accepted: 18 March 2022 / Published: 21 March 2022
COVID-19 has affected the psychological health of older adults directly and indirectly through recommendations of social distancing and isolation. Using the internet or digital tools to participate in society, one might mitigate the effects of COVID-19 on psychological health. This study explores the social participation of older adults through internet use as a social platform during COVID-19 and its relationship with various psychological health aspects. In this study, we used the survey as a research method, and we collected data through telephonic interviews; and online and paper-based questionnaires. The results showed an association of digital social participation with age and feeling lack of company. Furthermore, in addition, to the increase in internet use in older adults in Sweden during COVID-19, we conclude that digital social participation is essential to maintain psychological health in older adults. View Full-Text
Keywords: gerontology; gerontechnology; aging; digital social participation; psychological health; COVID-19; public health; eHealth gerontology; gerontechnology; aging; digital social participation; psychological health; COVID-19; public health; eHealth
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Ghazi, S.N.; Anderberg, P.; Berglund, J.S.; Berner, J.; Dallora, A.L. Psychological Health and Digital Social Participation of the Older Adults during the COVID-19 Pandemic in Blekinge, Sweden—An Exploratory Study. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2022, 19, 3711. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph19063711

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Ghazi SN, Anderberg P, Berglund JS, Berner J, Dallora AL. Psychological Health and Digital Social Participation of the Older Adults during the COVID-19 Pandemic in Blekinge, Sweden—An Exploratory Study. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2022; 19(6):3711. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph19063711

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Ghazi, Sarah N., Peter Anderberg, Johan S. Berglund, Jessica Berner, and Ana L. Dallora. 2022. "Psychological Health and Digital Social Participation of the Older Adults during the COVID-19 Pandemic in Blekinge, Sweden—An Exploratory Study" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 19, no. 6: 3711. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph19063711

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