The Impact of Quarantine on Emotions During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Gintaras Chomentauskas1, *, Edita Dereškevičiūtė1, Gustė Kalanavičiūtė2, Rasa Ališauskienė2, Kristina Paulauskaitė2
The present study explores how the general population of Lithuania felt during the national quarantine of COVID-19 in the period from March 30th to June 8th 2020. Representative samples were interviewed five times using single-item questions adapted from to evaluate their emotions, stress, and perceived pain levels.
It was hypothesized that gender and age-related differences would be found in emotional responses to the quarantine.
Results and Discussion:
During the five polls taken, more women were found to report feeling stressed, anxious, sad, and in more physical pain than men. Evaluations of anger, enjoyment, and calmness provided no statistically significant gender differences. Emotions were found to differ significantly between three age groups (18–29, 30–49, 50–74).
Contrary to expectations, the biggest negative impact of quarantine was found in the youngest group aged 18–29 years: it showed highest prevalence of stress, anxiety, and sadness of all age groups. Possible explanations for different gender and age-related emotional reactions are discussed.
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