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Satisfaction with life and psychological distress during the COVID-19 pandemic: An Egyptian online cross-sectional study

Ahmed H. El-Monshed, Ahmed Loutfy, Moustafa T. Saad, Ahmed S. Ali, Abdel-Hady El-Gilany, Ahmed Soliman Mohamed, Mahmoud Salah, Mohamed Zoromba
African Journal of Primary Health Care & Family Medicine | Vol 14, No 1 | a2896 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/phcfm.v14i1.2896 | © 2022 Ahmed H. El-Monshed, Ahmed Loutfy, Moustafa T. Saad, Ahmed S. Ali, Abdel-Hady El-Gilany, Ahmed Soliman Mohamed, Mahmoud Salah, Mohamed Zoromba | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 10 January 2021 | Published: 31 January 2022

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Ahmed H. El-Monshed, Department of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing, Faculty of Nursing, Mansoura University, Mansoura, Egypt
Ahmed Loutfy, Department of Paediatric Nursing, Faculty of Nursing, Beni-Suef University, Beni-Suef, Egypt Mohammed Al-Mana College for Medical Sciences (MACHS), Dammam, Saudi Arabia
Moustafa T. Saad, Department of Gerontological Nursing, Faculty of Nursing, Mansoura University, Mansoura, Egypt
Ahmed S. Ali, Department of Paediatric Nursing, Faculty of Nursing, Mansoura University, Mansoura, Egypt
Abdel-Hady El-Gilany, Department of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Mansoura University, Mansoura, Egypt
Ahmed Soliman Mohamed, Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC), Doha, Qatar
Mahmoud Salah, Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC), Doha; Surgical Specialty Center (SSC), Doha, Qatar
Mohamed Zoromba, Department of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing, Faculty of Nursing, Mansoura University, Mansoura, Egypt


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Abstract

Background: Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a novel sickness that emerged worldwide as an unprecedented crisis and led to major effects on the daily life of the general public as well as negative impacts on their mental well-being.

Aim: This study aimed to assess satisfaction with life and psychological distress during the COVID-19 pandemic in Egypt.

Setting: An online study was conducted in Egypt.

Methods: A cross-sectional online survey was fulfilled by 1056 Egyptian adults from 06 to 13 June 2020. Psychological distress and satisfaction with life were measured by Arabic validated versions of the Kessler Psychological Distress Scale (K10) and the Satisfaction with Life Scale (SWLS).

Results: About half of the surveyed respondents (51%) were satisfied with their life, whilst 57.4% experienced severe psychological distress. The independent predictors of satisfaction with life are being married, satisfactory income, low distress, moderate distress and high distress (adjusted odds ratio [AOR] = 1.2, 3.0, 2.5, 6.9, 5.2 and 2.1, respectively). Being a female, having secondary education, > secondary education, unsatisfactory income and presence of mental illness are the independent predictors of mental distress (AOR = 2.3, 3.9, 1.9, 1.9, 1.6 and 4.0, respectively).

Conclusion: The study provides evidence about the high prevalence of psychological distress during the peak period of Egypt’s COVID-19 pandemic. The study results highlight the enhancement of development interventions to promote psychological well-being and feeling of satisfaction with life during the pandemic.


Keywords

COVID-19; Egypt; life satisfaction; pandemic; psychological distress

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