The effects of COVID-19 on mental health, food consumption and relationship dynamics in Kuwait

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The effects of COVID-19 on mental health, food consumption and relationship dynamics in Kuwait

October 12, 2020

This study was designed by the collaboration with the General Secretary of the Supreme Council of Planning and Development (GSSCPD) of the State of Kuwait and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Kuwait with the purposes to inform the support to the Kuwait government in responding to the pandemic crisis and tailor actions for an integrated response to both COVID-19 and NCDs and tackle not only the mental health and wellbeing effect, but also nutrition, physical inactivity, and relationship dynamics.


The survey was conducted by the questionnaire from June 18 to July 15, 2020, through social media, including WhatsApp and Facebook. The target population was the Kuwait residents over 21-year-old who is living in the territory of the State of Kuwait. Finally, 679 cases (57.9% of females and 42.1% of males; 67.7% of Kuwaiti nationals and 32.3% of non-Kuwaiti nationals) were analyzed.


Mental health status under COVID-19 outbreak

• 59.8% of females and 51.0% of males are under depression.
• 20.4% of females and 13.6% of males are experiencing extremely severe depression.
• 42.0% of females and 37.8% of males are under psychological distress. And 15.1% of females and 9.1% of males are experiencing severe or extremely severe psychological distress.

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