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Buffering the Fear of COVID-19: Social Connectedness Mediates the Relationship between Fear of COVID-19 and Psychological Wellbeing

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School of Science, Psychology and Sport, Federation University, Ballarat, VIC 3353, Australia
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Institute of Health and Sport, Victoria University, Melbourne, VIC 3000, Australia
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Behav. Sci. 2022, 12(3), 86; https://doi.org/10.3390/bs12030086
Received: 1 February 2022 / Revised: 18 March 2022 / Accepted: 18 March 2022 / Published: 21 March 2022
(This article belongs to the Section Social Psychology)
Social connections are crucial for an individual’s health, wellbeing, and overall effective functioning. During the COVID-19 pandemic, one major preventative effort for reducing the spread of COVID-19 involved restricting people’s typical social interactions through physical distancing and isolation. The current cross-sectional study, conducted during the COVID-19 pandemic, explored the relationship among fear of COVID-19, social connectedness, resilience, depressive symptomologies, and self-perceived stress. Participants (N = 174) completed an anonymous, online questionnaire, and results indicated that social connectedness mediated the relationship between fear of COVID-19 and psychological wellbeing. In contrast, the relationship between fear of COVID-19 and psychological wellbeing was not mediated by resilience. These findings highlight the important role that social connections and resilience play in buffering against negative psychological wellbeing outcomes, especially during a pandemic. View Full-Text
Keywords: COVID-19; social connectedness; depression; stress; resilience COVID-19; social connectedness; depression; stress; resilience
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Humphrey, A.; March, E.; Lavender, A.P.; Miller, K.J.; Alvarenga, M.; Mesagno, C. Buffering the Fear of COVID-19: Social Connectedness Mediates the Relationship between Fear of COVID-19 and Psychological Wellbeing. Behav. Sci. 2022, 12, 86. https://doi.org/10.3390/bs12030086

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Humphrey A, March E, Lavender AP, Miller KJ, Alvarenga M, Mesagno C. Buffering the Fear of COVID-19: Social Connectedness Mediates the Relationship between Fear of COVID-19 and Psychological Wellbeing. Behavioral Sciences. 2022; 12(3):86. https://doi.org/10.3390/bs12030086

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Humphrey, Ashley, Evita March, Andrew P. Lavender, Kyle J. Miller, Marlies Alvarenga, and Christopher Mesagno. 2022. "Buffering the Fear of COVID-19: Social Connectedness Mediates the Relationship between Fear of COVID-19 and Psychological Wellbeing" Behavioral Sciences 12, no. 3: 86. https://doi.org/10.3390/bs12030086

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