PILOT STUDY PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR: IJEOMA OPARA, PHD, MSW, MPH
FUNDING SOURCE: NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF MENTAL HEALTH
While social distancing is a necessary public health measure to control disease spread in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, it can lead to psychological, behavioral, and social problems.
Expected increases in loneliness, defined as the discrepancy in desired and achieved social relationships, are further associated with negative health outcomes among adults, including the onset of depression, cardiovascular disease, early mortality, and risky health behaviors including substance use.
Using a survey of young adults between the ages of 18-35 years old in New York, this study aims to 1. Measure the impact of social isolation, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, has on mental health and substance use outcomes; 2. Examine risk and protective factors associated with mental health and substance use outcomes, with a focus on health disparities and access issues in vulnerable populations; and 3. Develop effective interventions to reduce the burden of mental health and substance use during a period of social isolation.
Participant recruitment: ACTIVE and ONGOING