New research findings regarding the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic in Cyprus and its effects on the mental health of the population
The aim of the current study was to examine the effect of the first wave of COVID-19 pandemic (March-July 2020) on mental health of Cypriot citizens. The results of the study showed that (a) females as compared to males experience higher levels of anxiety, stress, fear, worry, and despair and are more likely to undertake protective measures, (b) older individuals and those who live in urban areas perceive greater social support and interest in the emotional experience of significant others, (c) emotional distress and support and interest in self and others are associated with all other variables, indicating the importance of these constructs to the experience of a pandemic, and (d) there was a decrease in participants’ concern after the end of the first wave of the pandemic. These were the conclusions of the new study of the Department of Psychology of Neapolis University in Cyprus entitled “The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on mental health: Evidence from Cyprus”, which was published in the scientific journal “International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health”.
This research is part of the framework of social activities carried out by Neapolis University in Cyprus. The research team that lead the research consisted of the following academics: Dr. Marilena Mousoulidou Lecturer in Cognitive Psychology, Dr. Michailina Siakalli Lecturer in Statistics, Dr. Andri Christodoulou Director of the Counseling Center for Research and Psychological Services (SKEPSI) of Neapolis University in Cyprus, and Dr. Marios Argyrides Associate Professor in Counseling Psychology, Registered Counseling Psychologist, and Head of the Department of Psychology of Neapolis University in Cyprus.
The present research results can be accessed using the following link: