Do Socio-Demographic and Corona Reassurance-Seeking Behaviour Predict Corona Anxiety? - A study among Indian population.

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Debaraj Das
Suchitra Pal


Introduction: The COVID-19 pandemic has caused severe anxiety and affected mental and psychological health of the people. Virus related anxiety is thought to be affected by several socio-demographic factors, individual’s risk-perception, and personality.

Objective: The objective of the study was to investigate the predictors of corona virus-related general anxiety and death anxiety during the COVID-19 outbreak in India. More specifically, the study examined the COVID-19 related reassurance-seeking behaviours, neuroticism, health anxiety, and risk perception among the adult population.

Design: A survey methodology was adopted to collect data from the general adult population (N=550) in India between October 29th to November 10th, 2020.  Data analysis was carried out using multiple regression analysis in SPSS to examine the significant predictors of general anxiety and death anxiety of the participants. The analysis used the incremental validity of Corona reassurance-seeking behaviours in the multiple regression model.

Setting: The study was conducted among the Indian general population.

Findings: Major significant predictors of general anxiety related pandemic included demographic factors like being female, being young, and less educated. Simultaneously, we observed common predictors of virus-related general anxiety and death anxiety, Corona reassurance-seeking behaviours, health anxiety, and neuroticism. The participant's risk perception predicted the participant's death anxiety but not the general anxiety during the pandemic.

Discussion: The present study's findings will help the policymakers handle pandemic related stress in a better manner.

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Das, D., & Pal, S. (2021). Do Socio-Demographic and Corona Reassurance-Seeking Behaviour Predict Corona Anxiety? - A study among Indian population. Asia Pacific Journal of Health Management, 16(2), 86-93.
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Debaraj Das, Xavier University Bhubaneswar, India

Debaraj Das is currently a Doctoral Scholar at Xavier School of HRM, Xavier University, Bhubaneswar, India. He has more than 30 years of corporate experience in many US and Indian MNCs and Indian Defence PSU in the domain of Automotive, Aerospace, Industrial Safety, Energy, Feed, and Medical Device Businesses in several Functional and Business Leadership roles. He has carried out several operational and business transformations by creating high performing organisations with turnaround business improvements through long-range Strategic Business Plans, breakthrough initiatives in Organisational Development, Leadership, Operations, Sales & Marketing, HR, Strategic Sourcing, New Product Development & Introduction, QMS, TPM, and Six Sigma, etc. He is a Fellow of Institute of Engineers, India and has received his MBA from Kelley School of Business, Indiana University, Bloomington, USA, M.Tech. from IIT Madras, India and B.S (Gold Medal) from Sambalpur University, Odisha, India. His areas of research interest are HRM and OB and is currently pursuing research in Emotional Labour.

Suchitra Pal, Xavier School of Human Resource Management, Xavier University Bhubaneswar

Suchitra Pal has more than 9 years of teaching experience in Norway and Ireland and joined XIMB in 2011. She has the recipient of Norwegian government doctoral fellowship. In her PhD period she was teaching international master programme in culture, social and community psychology.  In the time of her research fellow position in Ireland she was working on many projects related to occupational stress and health.  Her main research interests are work and family interface, cross-cultural work environment and psychosocial work environment. She has interest in both qualitative and quantitative methodology. She has good number of international publication and currently working on two research projects on stress and health in up time and down time, 360 feedback and work and life interface.  She also loves to do student counselling. She has conducted many training programmes for POWER GRID, IOCL, MCL, GSI, ESIC, NABARD, NVS. DAV public School NALCO, AXIS Bank etc. She is a certified psychometrician. She is a competent trainer in Stress Management, Leadership, Motivation, Emotional Intelligent at work, Positive attitude at work, Transactional analysis (EGO).