Baylor investigation examines emotional response to COVID-19 | Education

The survey also found that respondents in poor or fair health had higher levels of worry, sadness and anger than those in better health, with people in poor health being twice as likely as those in excellent health to feel increased anxiety and anger.

Divided into age groups, adults aged 18 to 34 were more affected emotionally than those aged 35 to 64 and 65 and over. Younger adults led people in the older categories into feelings of greater worry, 69.4% for 18-34, 64.5% for 35-64 and 52.9% for 65 and over; sadness, 50.2% to 47.6% to 35.5%; and loneliness from 53% to 41.6% to 35.5%.

When marital status was taken into account, parents living with children were the most likely to experience increased worry with 70.1% acknowledging greater anxiety due to COVID-19, followed by those married at 63.1% , single at 63.1% and parents in general at 60.6%.

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Singles were more likely to feel angrier, at 34.8%, and sadder, at 49%, compared to married couples and parents, with a majority, 53.8%, feeling more lonely, for example. compared to parents with children at home at 38.5%, parents at 36.8% and married couples at 33.5%.

When political direction was taken into account, Democrats recorded higher levels of emotional response to COVID-19 with a majority feeling heightened concern, 71.8%, sadness, 53.3%, and loneliness, 52.2%. Among Republicans and Independents, heightened concern was the only emotional reaction recorded by a majority, at 56.6% of Republicans and 58.3% of Independents.

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