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3 Studies Suggest Pandemic May Have Led to More Depression, Fear in U.S.

depression, anxiety, suicidal tendencies and psychological trauma, according to three new studies published by University of Arkansas sociologists.Using an Internet survey distributed in the last week of March that reached 10,368 adults from across the country, the research team sought to better understand the sociological and psychological effects of the pandemic.

The common denominator in their findings is fear, said Dr. Kevin Fitzpatrick, professor of sociology and first author of the studies.“Fear is a pretty consistent predictor,” Fitzpatrick said. “What we found is that fear, coupled with a range of social vulnerabilities, consistently and significantly predict a range of mental health outcomes.

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