School of Nursing and Midwifery, East Africa
Objective: The study aimed to investigate the relationship between mental health with the level of education, relationship status, and awareness on mental health among low-income earners in Western Uganda.
Methods: This was a cross-sectional descriptive study carried out among 253 participants. Anxiety, anger, and depression were assessed using a modified generalized anxiety disorder (GAD-7), Spielberger's State-Trait Anger Expression Inventory-2, and Beck Depression Inventory item tools, respectively.
Results: The majority of our respondents were male (n = 150/253, 59.3), had a secondary level of education (104/253, 41.1), and were single (137/253, 54.2). No formal education and primary education (r2 = 47.4% and 6.4%, respectively) had a negative correlation with awareness of mental health care. In addition, no formal education had a positive correlation with anger and depression (r2 = 1.9% and 0.3%, respectively). Singleness in this study had a negative correlation with awareness of mental health care, anger, and depression (r2 = 1.9, 0.8, and 0.3%, respectively), and a positive correlation with anxiety (r2 = 3.9%).
Conclusion: It is evident that education and relationship status influenced awareness on mental health care and mental health state among low-income earners in Western Uganda during the first COVID-19 lockdown. Therefore, policymakers should strengthen social transformation through the proper engagement of low-income earners in this COVID-19 era.
Frontiers in Public Health
Lemuel, A. M.,
Usman, I. M.,
Kasozi, K. I.,
Aigbogun, E. O.,
Ifie, J. E.,
Swase, D. T.,
Ayuba, J. T.,
Afodun, A. M.,
Assaggaf, H. M.,
Batiha, G. E.,
Welburn, S. C.
(2021). COVID-19-related mental health burdens: Impact of educational level and relationship status Among low-Income earners of Western Uganda. Frontiers in Public Health, 9, 1-9.
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