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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.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

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

METHODS:

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).

RESULTS:

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).

CONCLUSION:

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

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