Lifestyle Changes, Mental Health, and Violence against Women during the Corona Outbreak

Document Type : Research Paper


1 Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Shiraz, Shiraz, Iran

2 BSc., Faculty of Economics and Management, Islamic Azad University, Shiraz Branch, Shiraz, Iran

3 MSc. in General Psychology, Faculty of Humanities, Payam noor University of Asaluye, Asaluye, Iran

4 MSc. in Clinical Psychology, Faculty of Medicine, Islamic Azad University, Medical Sciences Branch of Tehran, Tehran, Iran

5 MSc. in General Psychology, Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences, University of Tehran, Tehran, Iran


The present study is to examine lifestyle changes, mental health, and violence against women during the corona virus outbreak. The method of the present study is fundamental in terms of purpose and mode of data collection, a survey conducted in the form of a regression correlational research project. The population includes all married women living in the cities of Tehran and Shiraz in 2021. Among them, a sample of 193 subjects was selected by purposive sampling. The subjects answered the General Health Questionnaire (GHQ-28), Questionnaire to Measuring Wife Abuse (QMWA), and Lifestyle Changes Questionnaire (LCQ) during the Covid-19 pandemic.  Data were analyzed with SPSS 22 software using Pearson correlation coefficient and stepwise regression. The results of the study showed that lifestyle changes had a negative significant relationship with mental health (p<0.01). However, no significant association was found with violence against women (p>0.05). In addition, among the lifestyle changes examined, changes in sleep were significant predictors of mental health (p<0.01). Overall, the results suggest that the side effects of the Corona pandemic are severe and put women at risk for mental health problems. In addition, women may be exposed to abuse due to lifestyle changes caused by the Corona virus epidemic. Therefore, the negative impact of Corona virus on mental health and violence against women can be minimized through interventions, timely follow-up by individuals, and effective measures by society.


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