Angel Benitez

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The loss of a relative or loved one to COVID-19 has been shown to have mental health consequences for grieving adults, yet limited research has explored this matter among young adults and more specifically those living in Rhode Island. This study assesses the prevalence of depression, anxiety, and suicidal ideation among Rhode Island young adults who have lost a relative of loved one to COVID-19, and the factors that increase the risk of poor mental health. The Rhode Island Young Adult Survey (RIYAS),a web-based survey that was administered to young adults, 18-25 years old, to collect data regarding young adult behavioral health, risk behaviors, and mental and physical health outcomes, was used to address this research question. Nearly 1 in 5 young adults in RI reported having lost someone close to them to COVID-19. Our analysis also indicates that experiencing a loss of a loved one due to COVID-19 increases the risk of having mental health symptoms such as anxiety or suicidal ideation.

Faculty Mentor

Jennifer Swanberg, PhD, MMHS, OTR/L

Academic Discipline

BS - Health Science


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