Research Examines Alcohol Consumption In Illinois Amid Pandemic

Research Examines Alcohol Consumption In Illinois Amid Pandemic

ILLINOIS — New research at an Illinois college is taking a look at how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected the mental health of Illinoisans.

Three psychology students at Monmouth College researched how social distancing and other measures caused by the pandemic has influenced the mental health of college students and the general public.

Abigail Haslem, of Galesburg, completed a project called “Perceptions of COVID-19 and their Effects on Mental Well-Being and Social Support.” For her project, Haslem interviewed 138 participants, primarily college students.

Haslem found social distancing along with the elimination of many team sports and organizations has had a negative effect on the mental health of students.

“It might be safe to say that people aren’t getting that same level of support and their mental being is suffering,” Haslem said. “People gain emotional substance from their social groups, the people who are going through similar life experiences.”

Haslem’s research supported that, with a significant difference in the Warwick-Edinburgh Mental Well-Being Scale scores of her participants before and after COVID-19. Haslem said her research aligned with historical findings during the SARS and MERS outbreaks in 2002 and 2015.

Co-researcher Abby Tucker, of Metamora, studied the “Big Five” personality traits – agreeableness, conscientiousness, openness, extroversion and neuroticism – and how people with those traits were affected by the pandemic.

That is Abby Tucker, who said those falling into the category of neuroticism were more likely to have behaviors such as washing hands and avoiding gatherings.

“They showed a fear of the virus and a tendency toward protection of oneself,” Tucker said.

Tuckers said extroverts differed and did not attempt to avoid gatherings and searched for social interaction at places like bars and restaurants.

Researcher Alison Bowman, of Galesburg, looked at the relationship between the personality types examined by Tucker and alcohol use brought on by the pandemic.

Those with a neurotic personality-type drank significantly less before COVID,” Bowman said. “Extroverts drank consistently, so there was not as much of a correlation.”

Like her co-researchers, Bowman said she hopes the findings prove useful to the college community and beyond.

Related Posts
Trend of coronavirus patients suffering from strokes continues
A piece of recent news revealed that some coronavirus patients were suffering from strokes. The
Study says rise in minimum wages could prevent suicides
New research has been published in the Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health. The research
Washington State University suggests Cannabis can relieve headache
The researchers from Washington State University suggested that Cannabis could relieve headaches. They published a
Scores dropping in Math and Reading for U.S. Students
Since 2017, the math and reading scores for fourth-and-right graders in the United States have
Vitamin D and Fish Oil helps prevent cancer and heart attack
Consuming Vitamin D and Fish Oil capsules daily helps in reducing the risk of cancer
Three Players Added to Chicago Steel Roster
The Chicago Steel has added enforcements within their team as they announced the addition of
2021 will see Summer Outdoor Concerts?
Naperville Park District is planning for the summer events. The most anticipated events will be
Child Pornography Charges for Rockford Man
A federal grand jury has indicted a Rockford man on Tuesday on charges of producing
Elk Grove Village man sentenced to 16 years in prison for attempted murder
Cameron Ruebusch, a 25-year-old Elk Grove Village man, has been sentenced to 16 years in
Colliers International reports booming industrial construction in Chicagoland despite pandemic
Colliers International recently released a market report about the industrial construction in Chicagoland. The report