Coping with anxiety during the COVID-19 pandemic: A case study of academics in the muslim world

Achour, Meguellati and Souici, Dahmane and Bensaid, Benaouda and Ahmad Zaki, Nurulhuda and Alnahari, Ameen Ahmed Abdullah (2021) Coping with anxiety during the COVID-19 pandemic: A case study of academics in the muslim world. Journal of Religion and Health, 60 (6). pp. 4579-4599. ISSN 0022-4197, DOI

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The COVID-19 pandemic has been a global phenomenon defined by uncertainty, fear and grief which has resulted in record high levels of stress and anxiety in the first half of 2020. It also led to an increased interest in the study of the role of belief, religion, and spirituality as responses to coping with and responding to the pandemic throughout different societal domains. This study explores the impact of anxiety and stress caused by the pandemic on Muslim academics' subjective well-being. It also explores correlations between coping and spirituality by assessing Muslim academics' coping strategies in overcoming stress and anxiety. To this end, this study sampled 480 Muslim academics ages 25-60 years residing in Muslim countries. The findings show a negative yet significant correlation between anxiety and well-being while also showing a positive and significant correlation between coping strategies and subjective well-being. The research also points to the role of coping strategies in reducing anxiety and stress, the resulting improvements in well-being for Muslim academics, and the mediating effect of coping strategies between anxiety, stress, and well-being for Muslim academics.

Item Type: Article
Funders: None
Uncontrolled Keywords: COVID-19; Muslim academics; Coping strategies; Subjective well-being; Anxiety; Religiosity
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BL Religion
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BP Islam. Bahaism. Theosophy, etc > Islam
Divisions: Academy of Islamic Studies
Depositing User: Ms Zaharah Ramly
Date Deposited: 04 Apr 2022 04:06
Last Modified: 04 Apr 2022 04:06

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