The Intermediary Role of Loneliness in the Relationship between COVID-19 Stress and Maladaptive Coping among People with Disabilities and Chronic Health Conditions

Beatrice Lee, Phillip Rumrill, Thenral Mangadu, Veronica Estala-Gutierrez, Timothy N. Tansey, Emre Umucu

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Abstract

Social distancing currently in place to reduce community spread of the COVID-19 pandemic has also resulted in negative structural, social, psychological, and financial consequences. Loneliness is linked to adverse mental health and health outcomes, and facing COVID-19 can increase feelings of stress and loneliness. In this study, we aimed to gain a better understanding of how COVID-19 affects mental health in vulnerable populations. Data from 269 individuals with disabilities and chronic conditions (mean age 39.37; 56.1% male; 84.0% white) were collected to understand whether loneliness mediates the relationship between perceived COVID-19 stress and maladaptive COVID-19 coping strategies among people with disabilities and chronic health conditions. The findings suggest that loneliness serves as a partial mediator between perceived COVID-19 stress and maladaptive COVID-19 coping. Implications of the findings for public health and rehabilitation intervention for individuals with disabilities are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)33-39
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Rehabilitation
Volume87
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2021

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Rehabilitation
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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