School of Behavioral Sciences
Doctor of Education in Community Care and Counseling (EdD)
Mollie Evans Boyd
COVID-19, Hospitalization, Emotional Distress, PTSD, Corona, Isolation
Jones, Rebekah Ruth, "Mental Health Implications of Isolation During Hospitalization for Covid-19: Self-Perceived Variations in Emotion" (2022). Doctoral Dissertations and Projects. 3973.
Forced isolation due to the COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in numerous mental health consequences. Individuals who have required hospitalization due to contracting the illness are at an increased risk of developing potentially harmful mental health concerns resulting from the emotional distress of forced isolation. Families separated from one another experience anxiety and fear due to helplessness fostered by the separation. Furthermore, medical caretakers are placed in the position to make life-altering decisions for their patients, increasing their stress and anxiety levels. Therefore, it is imperative that hospitals provide adequate mental health support for patients and their family members. Furthermore, communities experiencing restricted freedom or lockdowns may benefit from increased access to mental health services.