Single people found it easier to cope during Covid-19-enforced lockdowns than those in an unhappy relationship, but those in a happy relationship had it best, according to a new study.
Experts from Danube University in Austria surveyed more than 1 000 Austrians a month into that country’s lockdown to get a picture of the link between relationship status and emotional state.
People in unhappy relationships were three times more likely to suffer from anxiety and depression than singles or happy couples, the team discovered. Those who were happy in their relationships fared the best out of all the groups, showing a higher general level of mental health wellbeing than singles or unhappy couples.
The findings of the survey “underline the fact that not only – but especially – in times like this, the choice of partner should be carefully considered”, the team wrote.
As part of the study, the Austrian researchers wanted to better understand the impact a catastrophe – such as a pandemic – could have on mental health.
They evaluated differences in several common mental health and well being measures during the Covid-19-related lockdown measures.
As Covid-19 spread quickly throughout the world, most governments implemented restrictions to prevent the spreading of the virus.
Although social distancing and other measures such as the use of personal protective equipment helped to contain the spread, they also negatively affected mental health, according to the researchers.
However, there seemed to be a link between how severely affected someone’s mental health was by the virus and their relationship status.
An unrelated survey in India showed that married participants had 40% lower odds of developing anxiety during the lockdown than single people.
However, another study from the US found that discord in a relationship could be associated with a higher risk of mood and anxiety disorders. – MailOnline