The Impact of COVID-19 Pandemic on Mental Health among Individuals in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

dc.contributor.authorShagembe, Magolanga
dc.contributor.authorKinanda, Jonas
dc.contributor.authorSenga, Mathew
dc.contributor.authorNdaluka, Thomas
dc.description.abstractThis study aimed at examining the impact of COVID-19 on mental health in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Specifically, this study was guided by the assumption that the COVID-19 pandemic had impacted on individuals’ mental health in Tanzania in various ways. The study used a Social Cognitive Theory to illuminate insights generated from the empirical findings from the field. Using a survey questionnaire, the study collected data from a sample of 258 respondents. The findings have shown that COVID-19 affected individuals differently, with fewer symptoms of substance use disorders, depression, and schizophrenia experienced by the respondents interviewed. Overall, there were high symptoms of obsession and bipolar disorder. In conclusion, people’s cognitive perception influenced their view of severity of COVID-19 and consequently predisposed their behaviour. Given the changing nature of the virus globally, this study recommends for a country wide survey to determine the trend and magnitude of mental disorders in the country.en_US
dc.description.sponsorshipUniversity of Dar es Salaam - DVC - Research Officeen_US
dc.publisherTanzania Journal of Sociologyen_US
dc.subjectMental health, COVID-19, Mental disordersen_US
dc.titleThe Impact of COVID-19 Pandemic on Mental Health among Individuals in Dar es Salaam, Tanzaniaen_US
dc.typeJournal Article, Peer Revieweden_US
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