Cross-Cultural Differences in the Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Psychological Health
Keywords:anxiety, cross-culture, coping, COVID-19 pandemic, depression, psychological health
The primary purpose of this literature review is to demonstrate the variations in the mental health of people during the COVID-19 pandemic that have birthed from cross-cultural barriers. COVID-19, caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS-CoV-2) virus strain, is a contagious and detrimental disease with a host of symptoms, causing fatalities throughout the world. To help curb the spread of the virus, people are social distancing and wearing face masks. These behaviours, although crucial for combating this deadly virus, have implications on psychological health. Previous studies from similar global scenarios show the alarming rise in stress levels and mental health disorders. However, the differentiating influence of the prevalent cultural variables on its people remains largely unexplored. From different symptoms of depression to implementing different health-coping mechanisms, ideological and institutional divides in cultural contexts significantly portray how a person responds to a health crisis. Following a literature review, a study has been proposed to investigate the effect of social restrictions across North American and South Asian samples on psychological health and well-being. Finally, anticipated results and analyses of data collected are presented. Taken together, this paper challenges cultural competency norms and underlines the need for culturally sensitive diagnosis and treatments, especially during a period where the surging rates of mental health disorders necessitates this change.
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