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Gen Hosp Psychiatry. 2011 Jan-Feb;33(1):75-7. doi: 10.1016/j.genhosppsych.2010.11.001. Epub 2010 Dec 13.

Is quarantine related to immediate negative psychological consequences during the 2009 H1N1 epidemic?

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Department of Psychology and Behavioral Sciences, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province 310028, PR China.



To investigate whether being quarantined to contain H1N1 flu transmission is related to immediate negative psychological consequences or not.


Immediate psychological consequences were evaluated with the 20-item Self-Report Questionnaire (SRQ-20) and the Impact of Event Scale-Revised (IES-R) among 419 undergraduate students (176 being quarantined and 243 being nonquarantined).


No significant difference was found between the quarantined group and the nonquarantined group for IES-R screening-positive rate or SRQ-20 screening-positive rate. Multinomial logistic regression analyses indicated that dissatisfaction with control measures was the significant predictor of both SRQ-20 positive screening (OR=2.22) and IES-R positive screening (OR=2.22).


These results are consistent with the conclusion that quarantine does not have negative psychological effects under these circumstances.

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