Objectives: To explore stress perception and Quality of Life (QoL) among resettled refugees located in Midwest of the U.S. during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Methods: Exploratory descriptive study. Participants were invited to take an online survey through a Facebook® advertising campaign targeting resettled refugees located in South Dakota and Minnesota from May to June 2021. Online survey included the Perceived Stress Scale (PSS-10), and the World Health Organization-BREF QoL.
Results: Participants who experienced having COVID-19 infection reported higher stress score (M=22.14, n=11, p=<0.001). QoL scores were the lowest for physical health, psychological health and environmental domains. Social relationships domain had the highest QoL score.
Conclusions: Current information about stress perception and QoL among resettled refugees in the U.S. will improve our understanding of the aetiology of mental health disparities especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. Policy implications: developing a fine-tuned assessment of risks and resettled refugee’s needs can guide subsequent public health policies. Public health policy makers are encouraged to address health disparities among refugee populations and provide measures to decrease perceived stress and improve QoL especially during a global pandemic.
International Journal of Nursing and Health Care Research
DOI of Published Version
Abuatiq, A. & Emery K. A. (2021). Stress Perception and Quality of Life among Resettled Refugees during COVID-19 Pandemic: Pilot Study. Int J Nurs Health Care Res 4: 1249. DOI: 10.29011/2688-9501.101249
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