Socioeconomic status and mental health during the COVID-19 crisis: are sense of coherence, sense of community coherence and sense of national coherence predictors for mental health?

Roald Pijpker, Dani van der Kamp, Sarah Vader, Lea den Broeder, Annemarie Wagemakers

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Abstract

Background Evidence about the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on existing health inequalities is emerging. This study explored differences in mental health, sense of coherence (SOC), sense of community coherence (SOCC), sense of national coherence (SONC), and social support between low and high socioeconomic (SES) groups, and the predictive value of these predictors for mental health. participants and procedure A cross-sectional study was conducted using an online survey in the Netherlands in October 2021, comprising a total of 91 respondents (n = 41, low SES; n = 50, high SES). results There were no differences in mental health, SOC, SOCC, SONC, and social support between the groups. SOC was a predictor for mental health in both groups and SOCC for the low SES group. conclusions We found that both SOC and SOCC predict mental health during the pandemic. In the article we reflect on possible pathways for strengthening these resources for mental health.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)149-155
JournalHealth Psychology Report
Volume10
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2022

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