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Media Coverage and Depression Disorder Outcomes during COVID-19: An Exploratory Study in South Odisha


The community spread of the corona virus disease-19 catastrophe poses unprecedented challenges throughout the world. This disease does not only affect the physical heath but also has psychological impact on the people. The pandemic of corona virus has simultaneously induced an epidemic of tension and anxiety. As nation-wide lockdown were imposed and people were advised to stay at their homes to remain safe from the infection. The media coverage on COVID-19 continued to inform the people about the deaths due to the virus and about the worst scenario in the hospitals and plot of the migrant labourers and daily wage earners. This article examines to identify the factors which people perceive significant impact on psychological depression disorder by COVID-19. For this study primary data was collected from 102 respondents from South Odisha through questionnaire using Google docs. The factors impacting the depression disorder level was rated on Likert scale rating from strongly disagree 1 to strongly agree 5. Survey data was analysed by using statistical tool such as cronbach alpha, Exploratory Factor Analysis (EFA) and regression analysis to find out significant psychological distress related factors during COVID-19. The result stated that people perceived anxiety related concerns on maximum stress related disorder and minimum on coping related concerns of psychological distress. Thus, people need to focus on prevention coping strategies to improve their physical and psychological health.

Manoj Deori, Bharat Kumar Lakra, Ashutosh Muduli

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