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Emotional Wellbeing in Saudi Arabia During the COVID-19 Pandemic: A National Survey

Authors Al Mutair A, Alhajji M, Shamsan A

Received 1 September 2020

Accepted for publication 21 January 2021

Published 12 March 2021 Volume 2021:14 Pages 1065—1072

DOI https://doi.org/10.2147/RMHP.S279716

Checked for plagiarism Yes

Review by Single anonymous peer review

Peer reviewer comments 2

Editor who approved publication: Dr Kent Rondeau


Abbas Al Mutair,1– 3 Mohammed Alhajji,4 Abbas Shamsan5

1Research Center, Almoosa Specialist Hospital, Al-Ahsa, Saudi Arabia; 2College of Nursing, Princess Norah University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; 3School of Nursing, Wollongong University, Wollongong, Australia; 4College of Public Health, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA, USA; 5Research Center, Dr. Sulaiman Al Habib Medical Group, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Correspondence: Abbas Al Mutair
Research Center, Almoosa Specialist Hospital, P.O. Box 301578, Dahran St - Alfaisal, Al-Ahsa, Riyadh, 11643, Saudi Arabia
Tel +966 11 525 9999 Ext 2975
Email [email protected]

Purpose: This study aims to evaluate the overall emotional wellbeing and emotional predictors of the Saudi population during COVID-19.
Patients and Methods: A cross-sectional design was employed; the data were collected by using the Arabic version of the Mental Health Inventory.
Results: A total of 5041 participants were successfully recruited over 1 week. The participants scored moderately on Anxiety, Depression, Loss of Behavioral/Emotional Control, General Positive Affect, Emotional Ties, and Life Satisfaction. The results indicated that age, gender, marital status, socioeconomic status, and having chronic health conditions are major predictors of emotional wellbeing during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Conclusion: A rehabilitation program should be initiated to restore the community function and the wellbeing of individuals who have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Keywords: emotional wellbeing, anxiety, depression, COVID-19, Saudi Arabia

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