Psychological distress, relationship quality, and well-being among malaysian couples during the COVID-19 pandemic

Chua, Bee Seok and Siau, Ching Sin and Fitriana, Mimi and Low, Wah-Yun and Abdul Wahab Khan, Rahmattullah Khan bin (2021) Psychological distress, relationship quality, and well-being among malaysian couples during the COVID-19 pandemic. Asia Pacific Journal of Public Health, 33 (5). pp. 660-661. ISSN 1010-5395, DOI

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With the imposition of the Movement Control Order (MCO) or lockdown due to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, there are drastic changes in the movement and activity among Malaysians: increased psychological distress due to perception of COVID-19 as a health threat, increased time spent with families, and decreased time away from home could either intensify relationship problems or draw families closer to each other. This study aimed to examine the perceived psychological distress and relationship quality among couples before and during MCO in Malaysia and factors predictive of participants' well-being. The Depression Anxiety Stress Scale-21, Perceived Relationship Quality Component Inventory, and the Warwick-Edinburgh Mental Well-being Scale were disseminated through the snowball sampling technique. The study found that the participants (N = 124) perceived significantly higher levels of depression, anxiety, and stress during MCO compared with before MCO. However, no significant differences between the couples were found before and during MCO in relationship quality, except in the trust subscale. Trust on the couple was higher during MCO. Multiple regression results showed that depression and stress predicted participants' well-being negatively during MCO. In contrast, total relationship quality, sexual relationship quality, satisfaction, and trust predicted participants' well-being positively.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Psychological distress; Relationship quality; Well-being; COVID-19 pandemic; Movement control order
Subjects: R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
Divisions: Faculty of Medicine
Depositing User: Ms Zaharah Ramly
Date Deposited: 21 Jul 2022 06:42
Last Modified: 21 Jul 2022 06:42

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