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Aspects of modern health worries as predictors of development of anxiety and depression symptoms
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology.
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology.
2018 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Worries about the negative health effects of modern life (Modern health worries, MHW) have increased during the last decades, but the phenomenon is not fully understood. The present study investigated the associative and predictive relationship between different types of MHW and symptoms of anxiety and depression in a large sample from Västerbotten county, Sweden (n=2223). The four subscales of the Modern Health Worries Scale (MHWS) were used to assess different types of MHW, while symptoms of depression and anxiety were assessed by using the Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale. Spearman's correlation analysis and hierarchical multiple regression analysis were used to assess the degrees of association and prediction, respectively. It was shown that the subscales were associated with symptoms of both anxiety and depression to varying degrees, however MHW did not significantly predict symptoms of neither anxiety nor depression. This suggests that when using the MHWS in clinical settings, examining the subscales rather than the global score of MHWS provides a more nuanced understanding of an individual's experience. It also suggests that experiencing MHW does not cause an increase in neither anxiety nor depression.

Abstract [sv]

Oro kopplad till de negativa hälsoaspekterna av ett modernt liv (Modern hälsooro, MHO) har ökat under de senaste årtiondena, men fenomenet är inte helt klarlagt. Den här studien undersökte associativa och prediktiva samband mellan olika typer av modern hälsooro och symtom av ångesttillstånd samt depression i ett urval i Västerbottens län (n=2223). De fyra subskalorna av Modern Health Worries Scale (MHWS) användes för att undersöka de olika typerna av MHO medan Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale användes för att mäta symtom av ångesttillstånd och depression. Korrelationsanalyser baserat på Spearmans korrelationskoefficient samt hierarkiska, multipla regressionsanalyser användes för att mäta graden av association respektive prediktion.  Resultatet visar att de olika subskalorna var associerade med symtom av både depression och ångesttillstånd i olika hög grad. Dock predicerade inte MHO en signifikant förändring av varken ångest- eller depressionssymtom. Detta tyder på att ett enskilt beaktande av subskalorna ger en mer nyanserad bild av en individs upplevelse av MHO jämfört med om endast totalpoängen på MHWS beaktas. Resultatet föreslår vidare att en upplevelse av MHO inte orsakar en ökning av varken ångest eller depressionssymtom.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2018. , p. 20
Keywords [en]
Modern health worries, MHW, Modern Health Worries Scale, MHWS, anxiety, depression
Keywords [sv]
Modern hälsooro, MHO, Modern Health Worries Scale, MHWS, ångest, depression
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Psychology (excluding Applied Psychology)
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-147967OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-147967DiVA, id: diva2:1209587
Subject / course
Examensarbete i psykologi
Educational program
Study Programme for University Diploma in Psychology
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Available from: 2018-05-29 Created: 2018-05-23 Last updated: 2018-05-29Bibliographically approved

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