Brief report: Can political orientation explain mental health in the time of a global pandemic? Voting patterns, personal and national coping resources, and mental health during the coronavirus crisis

Adi Mana, Shifra Sagy

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Abstract

Introduction: The purpose of this study was to examine mental health during the coronavirus pandemic crisis and its explanation by personal and national level coping resources. This question was examined in the midst of a political crisis in Israel among voters from two different political orientations. Method: Questionnaires were delivered to a sample of 396 Israeli Jews, of them 180 (45.5%) right-wing and 216 (54.5%) left-wing voters. Right-wing voters presented higher levels of mental health during the crisis as compared to left-wing voters. Results: Right-wing voters also reported stronger levels of national coping resources such as sense of national coherence and trust in governmental institutions. Moreover, mental health was predicted only by personal resources among left-wing voters, while among the right-wing participants national resources were significant as well. Discussion: The results highlight the role of political orientation and low trust in the government as a possible risk factor for mental health even in times of global pandemic crisis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)165-171
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Social and Clinical Psychology
Volume39
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Mar 2020

Keywords

  • COVID-19
  • Coronavirus
  • Mental health
  • Sense of coherence
  • Sense of national coherence
  • Voting patterns

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