“Evaluating the Mental Health Impacts of the COVID-19 Pandemic: Perceived Risk of COVID-19 Infection and Childhood Trauma Predict Adult Depressive Symptoms in Urban South Africa”

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In this article, Emily Mendenhall, Andrew Wooyoung Kim and Tawanda Nyengerai evaluate the mental health impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic in Soweto, a major township in South Africa, a society where one in three individuals develops a psychiatric disorder during their life. The team concluded that higher perceived risk of COVID-19 infection is associated with greater depressive symptoms during the first 6 weeks of quarantine. High rates of severe mental illness and low availability of mental healthcare amidst COVID-19 emphasize the need for immediate and accessible psychological resources.

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