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dc.contributor.authorChen, Xi
dc.contributor.authorZhang, Stephen X
dc.contributor.authorJahanshahi, Asghar Afshar
dc.contributor.authorÁlvarez-Risco, Aldo
dc.contributor.authorDai, Huiyang
dc.contributor.authorLi, Jizhen
dc.contributor.authorGarcía Ibarra, Verónica
dc.contributor.otherÁlvarez-Risco, Aldoes_PE
dc.identifier.citationChen, X., Zhang, S. X., Jahanshahi, A.A., Alvarez-Risco, A., Dai, H., Li, J. & García Ibarra, V. (2020). Belief in a COVID-19 Conspiracy Theory as a Predictor of Mental Health and Well-Being of Health Care Workers in Ecuador: Cross-Sectional Survey Study. JMIR Public Health Surveill, 6(3), 1-7.
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dc.description.abstractBackground: During the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, social media platforms have become active sites for the dissemination of conspiracy theories that provide alternative explanations of the cause of the pandemic, such as secret plots by powerful and malicious groups. However, the association of individuals’ beliefs in conspiracy theories about COVID-19 with mental health and well-being issues has not been investigated. This association creates an assessable channel to identify and provide assistance to people with mental health and well-being issues during the pandemic. Objective: Our aim was to provide the first evidence that belief in conspiracy theories regarding the COVID-19 pandemic is a predictor of the mental health and well-being of health care workers. Methods: We conducted a survey of 252 health care workers in Ecuador from April 10 to May 2, 2020. We analyzed the data regarding distress and anxiety caseness with logistic regression and the data regarding life and job satisfaction with linear regression. Results: Among the 252 sampled health care workers in Ecuador, 61 (24.2%) believed that the virus was developed intentionally in a lab; 82 (32.5%) experienced psychological distress, and 71 (28.2%) had anxiety disorder. Compared to health care workers who were not sure where the virus originated, those who believed the virus was developed intentionally in a lab were more likely to report psychological distress and anxiety disorder and to have lower levels of job satisfaction and life satisfaction. Conclusions: This paper identifies belief in COVID-19 conspiracy theories as an important predictor of distress, anxiety, and job and life satisfaction among health care workers. This finding will enable mental health services to better target and provide help to mentally vulnerable health care workers during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.en_EN
dc.publisherJMIR Publicationses_PE
dc.rightsAtribución 4.0 Internacional (CC BY 4.0)
dc.sourceRepositorio Institucional - Ulimaes_PE
dc.sourceUniversidad de Limaes_PE
dc.subjectSalud mental
dc.subjectMedios de comunicación
dc.subjectMental health
dc.subjectMass media
dc.subject.classificationPsicología / Psicología sociales_PE
dc.titleBelief in a COVID-19 Conspiracy Theory as a Predictor of Mental Health and Well-Being of Health Care Workers in Ecuador: Cross-Sectional Survey Studyen_EN
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dc.identifier.journalJMIR Public Health Surveill
dc.publisher.countryEstados Unidoses_PE
dc.description.peer-reviewRevisión por pareses_PE

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