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The association between daily life changes and anxiety among Ukrainians following the Russian invasion


Levin, Yafit; Bachem, Rahel; Hyland, Philip; Vallières, Frédérique; Shevlin, Mark; Karatzias, Thanos; McElroy, Eoin; Vang, Maria Louison; Lorberg, Boris; Ben-Ezra, Menachem; Martsenkovskyi, Dmytro (2023). The association between daily life changes and anxiety among Ukrainians following the Russian invasion. Psychiatry Research, 329:115530.

Abstract

This study sought to explore the association between changes in daily life and war-related anxiety. In this study, we analyzed self-reported data from 2,004 Ukrainian adults, obtained through an opportunistic survey in the Ukraine. Our assessment focused on changes in everyday routines and generalized anxiety symptoms since the Russian invasion of Ukraine on the 24 February 2022. The data were collected between July-September 2022. Results show a significant dose-response connection between everyday routine changes and increased war-related anxiety. Not surprisingly, the ongoing Ukraine-Russia conflict is impacting the lives of Ukrainians. These changes are linked to heightened anxiety levels. Effective population-based crisis management should consider both war-related stressors and changes in daily life routines.

Abstract

This study sought to explore the association between changes in daily life and war-related anxiety. In this study, we analyzed self-reported data from 2,004 Ukrainian adults, obtained through an opportunistic survey in the Ukraine. Our assessment focused on changes in everyday routines and generalized anxiety symptoms since the Russian invasion of Ukraine on the 24 February 2022. The data were collected between July-September 2022. Results show a significant dose-response connection between everyday routine changes and increased war-related anxiety. Not surprisingly, the ongoing Ukraine-Russia conflict is impacting the lives of Ukrainians. These changes are linked to heightened anxiety levels. Effective population-based crisis management should consider both war-related stressors and changes in daily life routines.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Psychology
Dewey Decimal Classification:150 Psychology
Scopus Subject Areas:Health Sciences > Psychiatry and Mental Health
Life Sciences > Biological Psychiatry
Uncontrolled Keywords:Anxiety, Daily Life Change, War, Ukraine
Language:English
Date:1 November 2023
Deposited On:04 Jan 2024 14:49
Last Modified:30 Jun 2024 01:36
Publisher:Elsevier
ISSN:0165-1781
OA Status:Closed
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.psychres.2023.115530
PubMed ID:37837809