Predictors of Coronavirus Anxiety among State University Employees during the Luzon-wide Enhanced Community Quarantine

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Gino A. Cabrera, Helene D. Daya


Higher education institutions were one of the affected Philippine society sectors when the enhanced community quarantine took effect due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This study explored a new psychological construct – Coronavirus anxiety and attempted to identify its predictors. Involving 342 employees from a state university, both in teaching and non-teaching positions, Measurements were taken of coronavirus anxiety, perceived stress, financial anxiety, mental health continuum, and coping strategies using standardized psychological tests. Data showed that respondents rarely experienced Coronavirus anxiety. They also have low levels of perceived stress and financial anxiety, manifest a good sense of mental health or well-being. Religiosity is the most common coping style among state university employees. However, it is not related to Coronavirus anxiety. Regression analysis revealed that social support decreases the chance of experiencing Coronavirus anxiety, while perceived stress and financial anxiety predicted an increase in Coronavirus anxiety. Recommendations for workplace policies and programs based on the results of the study are put forth.


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