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  The report "Spotlight on Adolescent Health and Well-Being" from the WHO International HBSC Survey with data from 45 countries has been published

 

On 19 May 2020, the WHO Regional Office for Europe published the report "Spotlight on Adolescent Health and Well-being", presenting results from the international comparative survey "Health Behaviour in School-aged Children - HBSC", conducted in 2017/2018 in 45 countries in Europe and Canada. The survey has been conducted every four years since 1982 in a growing number of countries. In Bulgaria it is carried out by a team from the Institute for Population and Human Studies - BAS and the Health Psychology Research Center and is led by Assoc. Prof. Lidiya Vasileva, PhD, IPHS-BAS.

You can learn more about the results of the survey in Bulgaria and about the international picture HERE.

The two parts of the report "Spotlight on Adolescent Health and Well-Being" are available on the webpage of WHO Regional Office for Europe at the following links:

 
Interview with Assoc. Prof. Lidiya Vasileva, PhD - Bulgarian National Television 1
Interview with Assoc. Prof. Lidiya Vasileva, PhD – Bulgarian National Radio
Publication in “24 hours”
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Publication indnes.bg

Stress and coping with it in conditions of spreading coronavirus infection – Part II

The Department of Psychology at the Institute for Population and Human Studies – Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (IPHS-BAS) implemented the second wave of research on stress responses and how to deal with it in conditions of spreading coronavirus infection in Bulgaria.

The survey was conducted between 25 April and 2 May 2020 among a random sample of 868 persons surveyed. An additional focus of interest in the second wave is social change and the impact of social exclusion.

The results show a slight decrease in the perceived risk of infection as well as a decrease in anxiety levels compared to the results of the previous study conducted in March. These results can be explained by the adaptation to the situation, the progressive information development of the explanation of measures and the more pronounced implementation of all strategies for coping with the stress experienced.

Compliance with safety measures for the sake of one’s own safety as well as for protecting others also diminishes over time. The critical votes against the measures of the state have influenced a slight decrease of their support.

The most negative conditions are being rediscovered in active women working full-time at home, people on paid leave due to the emergency situation and older people in cities.

In terms of the social situation, most people lack direct communication. At the same time, no expansion of social dating through new technologies is being reported. The effects of the economic situation continue to be more worrying for most respondents.

The study continues also with the support of the International Sociological Association in Sweden, Germany, Portugal, Italy and China.

You can see the results here.

Study of stress and coping with it in the conditions of spreading coronavirus infection

The Department of Psychology at the Institute for Population and Human Studies at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (IPHS-BAS) presents the results of a study of stress responses and ways of dealing with it in the conditions of spreading coronavirus infection in Bulgaria.

The survey started on 22 March, and the results presented are based on data collected from 1365 men and women of all ages over the period 22-28 March 2020.

The data are indicative of what the experiencing of an unknown crisis event of unknown duration and consequences is, such as the occurrence and spread of COVID-19. The situation as well as the measures taken affects the mental well-being of each person.

The results show people’s ability to mobilize their full capacity to cope with anxiety and stress. Such mobilization continues over a period of time after which a sharp rise in stress and anxiety can be expected. The most affected by the negative processes are currently active women, from the capital, with a home office mode of work. The data outline clear evidence of normally distributed levels of optimism and uncertainty intolerance that underlie strategies for coping with stress. Optimism points to the ability to choose effective copings while the slightly elevated levels of uncertainty intolerance – to the need for perspective. People are more concerned about the economic consequences than the threat of infection with coronavirus.

The data are valid for an initial period of crisis experience which implies the need for the study to be repeated after a period of time.

See the presentation HERE.