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Title: Determinants of socioeconomic experiences during COVID-19 pandemic in the Maldives
Authors: Musthafa, Hawwa Shiuna
Riyaz, Aminath
Moosa, Sheena
Abdul Raheem, Raheema
Naeem, Aishath Zeen
Keywords: COVID‑19
Global pandemic
Socioeconomic experiences
Issue Date: Dec-2020
Publisher: Research Development Office, The Maldives National University
Citation: Musthafa, H. S., Riyaz, A., Moosa, S., Abdul Raheem, R. & Naeem, A. Z. (2020). Determinants of socioeconomic experiences during COVID-19 pandemic in the Maldives. Maldives National Journal of Research. 8(2), 76-88.
Abstract: This paper evaluates the individual experiences and perceptions of the public about the COVID-19 pandemic in the Maldives. The data was collected from a probability sample comprising 1026 respondents using an online survey. The results show that less than 1% of the respondents tested positive for COVID-19 at the time. The fear of the pandemic, in terms of probable health and economic impact, was significantly higher than the actual experience of the pandemic with 6.8 percent reporting loss of employment. Participants who considered religion as very important show a higher psychological wellbeing. Over 12% of the participants believed that the pandemic to be a hoax. The findings showed inclination of the people lay more towards solidarity rather than hostility during these trying times, with at least one third of the respondents identifying with complete solidarity. The findings provide suggestions for health practitioners to communicate more effectively with the public during the crisis.
ISSN: 23085959
Appears in Collections:Volume 8, number 2, December 2020

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