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    COVID-19-related anxiety predicts somatic symptoms in the UK population

    Shevlin, Mark and Nolan, Emma and Owczarek, Marcin and McBride, Orla and Murphy, Jamie and Miller, Jilly Gibson and Hartman, Todd K. and Levita, Liat and Mason, Liam and Martinez, Anton P. and McKay, Ryan and Stocks, Thomas V.A. and Bennett, Kate M. and Hyland, Philip and Bentall, Richard (2020) COVID-19-related anxiety predicts somatic symptoms in the UK population. British Journal of Health Psychology, 25 (4). pp. 875-882. ISSN 1359-107X

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    This study aimed to estimate the association between anxiety associated with COVID-19 and somatic symptoms, using data from a large, representative sample (N = 2,025) of the UK adult population. Results showed that moderate to high levels of anxiety associated with COVID-19 were significantly associated with general somatic symptoms and in particular with gastrointestinal and fatigue symptoms. This pattern of associations remained significant after controlling for generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), pre-existing health problems, age, gender, and income. This is the first evidence that anxiety associated with COVID-19 makes a unique contribution to somatization, above and beyond the effect of GAD.

    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License which permits use, distribution andreproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. Cite as: Shevlin M, Nolan E, Owczarek M, McBride O, Murphy J, Gibson Miller J, Hartman TK, Levita L, Mason L, Martinez AP, McKay R, Stocks TVA, Bennett KM, Hyland P, Bentall RP. COVID-19-related anxiety predicts somatic symptoms in the UK population. Br J Health Psychol. 2020 Nov;25(4):875-882. doi: 10.1111/bjhp.12430. Epub 2020 May 27. PMID: 32458550; PMCID: PMC7283836.
    Keywords: COVID-19 pandemic; COVID-19 related anxiety; somatic symptoms;
    Academic Unit: Assisting Living & Learning,ALL institute
    Faculty of Science and Engineering > Psychology
    Item ID: 15151
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    Depositing User: Philip Hyland
    Date Deposited: 17 Dec 2021 15:23
    Journal or Publication Title: British Journal of Health Psychology
    Publisher: Wiley
    Refereed: Yes
    Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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