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Medicine and Medical Sciences 10(3): 038-048, July 2022
DOI: 10.15413/mms.2022.0108
ISSN 2682-5759
2022 Academia Publishing



Fear of COVID-19, psychological distress and social support among the working people of Assam during the 2nd wave of COVID-19 Pandemic



Accepted 6th July, 2022

Rishika Baruah, Sumnima Rai*

Department of Psychology, Sikkim University, Gangtok (Sikkim).

The global pandemic of COVID-19 has imposed psychological distress and fear across the globe; however, factors associated with those issues or the ways people cope may vary by Country or context. This current study was conducted to investigate the relationship between psychological distress, fear, and social support for working professionals living in Assam during the COVID-19 pandemic. A correlational study was conducted from 28th May to 5th June of 2021 during the 2nd wave of COVID-19 using online platforms in Assam. The data for this study was gotten from some working professionals residing in Assam who were proficient in English and able to respond to online questionnaires. A total of 60 samples were comprised in the study (30 healthcare professionals and 30 other working professionals). Kessler Psychological Distress Scale (K-10), fear of COVID-19 scale and the multidimensional scale of perceived social support were used to gather data. The findings of the study revealed that there was a significant relationship between fear of COVID-19 and psychological distress and social support, but no significant difference existed between fear of COVID-19 and social support. Furthermore, it was seen that there was a significant gender difference between males and females on fear of COVID-19 and psychological distress female scored higher than the male, whereas no significant difference was seen in the level of social support. Regarding the implication of the study effective interventions should be provided to support the vulnerable groups and utmost importance should be provided to mental health services during the pandemic.


Key words: Fear of COVID-19, psychological distress, social support, healthcare professionals, other working professionals.


This is an open access article published under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Cite this article as:

Baruah R, Rai S (2022). Fear of COVID-19, psychological distress and social support among the working people of Assam during the 2nd wave of COVID-19 Pandemic. Med. Med. Sci. 10(3): 038-048.

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