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People Who Complied with COVID Restrictions More Likely to Suffer Mental Health Issues: Study

via ABC News

A study from Bangor University in Wales suggests that individuals who complied with COVID-19 measures during the pandemic are more likely to suffer from mental health issues post-lockdown.

The research focused on two personality types: agentic (focused on independence and success) and communal (more nurturing and cooperative).

It found that those with communal traits, who were more compliant during lockdown, are more likely to struggle post-lockdown. (Trending: Bombshell Email Uncovered Between Joe Biden And Hunter)

The study suggests that increasing awareness of infection risk can encourage compliance but may negatively impact well-being, particularly for those with communal traits.

“During the period from February 15th to May 10th, 2023, after the lockdowns had ended, participants completed short surveys about their well-being every 2 weeks over a period of 3 months,” the report reads.

“Human personality can be considered through the lens of two broad dimensions known as agency and communion,” the authors of the study noted.

“Agency reflects competence, independence, achievement and is characterised by a strong drive for control, power and influence,” they added, “whereas communion relates to factors such as agreeableness, social dependence, and caring and is characterised by nurturing and cooperative behaviours.”

“The impact of population health messages may be influenced by these personality traits.”

“The more individuals complied with health advice during lockdown, the worse their well-being post-lockdown.”

“Increasing awareness of the risk of infection can effectively encourage compliance, but it also has negative consequences on people’s well-being and recovery, especially for those higher in communal traits,” the researchers wrote.

“Our findings suggest that, although increasing worry is effective in driving behavioural compliance during pandemics, using such strategies undermines people’s well-being and psychological recovery,” the researchers noted.

They concluded, “Specifically, people with higher Communal traits are likely to still be suffering from the effects of the lockdown period for some time after restrictions end.”

“Without guidance, these people are more likely to maintain the infection prevention behaviours recommended during lockdown, which may undermine their psychological recovery post-lockdown.”

The study recommends providing guidance to help these individuals recover psychologically.

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