Impacts of COVID-19 and social isolation on mental health explored in WMU study
November 10, 2020
Contact Erin Flynn
Humans are social beings. The onset of the COVID-19 pandemic caused an unprecedented and abrupt interruption of physical and traditional social interaction for many people around the globe. New research by a team at Western Michigan University shines a light on how that social isolation impacts mental health among Americans and uncovers potential mitigation strategies as this new normal stretches on.
“What we found was that social isolation was a very strong predictor of depression, anxiety and stress across the board,” says Dr. Brooke Smith, assistant professor of psychology, who led the research alongside doctoral student Alex Twohy.