Understanding the Impacts of Lockdown during COVID-19 Pandemic on Financial Threat and Psychological Response among Sarawak Adults

Nurkhalida, Suut and Aainaa Nasha, Mohamad Azlan and Siti Jamilah, Jamaluddin Jugah and Ting, Chuong Hock and Nurul Husna, Syaffa Amin and Muhmmad Ainul Rashyid Aris, Mohd Aris Fadillah and Zurraini, Arabi (2021) Understanding the Impacts of Lockdown during COVID-19 Pandemic on Financial Threat and Psychological Response among Sarawak Adults. Ulum Islamiyyah Journal | Special Issue: Healthcare in Pandemic Era: “The New Norm”, 1 (2021). pp. 45-57. ISSN 2289-4799

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Abstract

The Malaysian government announced the lockdown measures following the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak in mid-March 2020. This action unavoidably led to economic instability and negative psychological effects. The present study examines perceived financial threats and psychological impacts on Sarawak adults during lockdown for the COVID-19 pandemic. Data from 336 respondents were collected from all divisions in Sarawak using an online self-reported questionnaire that included sociodemographic, the Financial Threat Scale (FTS), and the Depression, Anxiety, Stress Scales 21 (DASS-21). Results showed that perceived financial threat was associated with the employment sector, the number of children, and the change in income during the lockdown period. Almost half (47.9%) of the respondents perceived moderate-to-severe financial threat, particularly self-employed persons and those who had reduced income during the lockdown. Negative psychological effects were found to be associated with the employment sector, marital status, number of children, and number of liabilities. In general, people who perceived severe financial threats were significantly associated with severe levels of depression, anxiety, and stress. The study provided some insights into the urgent need to build on strategic plans to mitigate the economic and psychological crisis for the affected communities.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: COVID-19
Uncontrolled Keywords: COVID-19, lockdown, financial threat, psychological response, UNIMAS, University, Borneo, Malaysia, Sarawak, Kuching, samarahan, IPTA, education, Universiti Malaysia Sarawak
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
Divisions: Academic Faculties, Institutes and Centres > Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences
Depositing User: Hock
Date Deposited: 07 Sep 2021 03:09
Last Modified: 19 Apr 2022 06:34
URI: http://ir.unimas.my/id/eprint/36023

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