J Nerv Ment Dis 2021 Sep 13. Epub 2021 Sep 13.
Department of Psychology, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, Piscataway, New Jersey Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, Boston University, Boston, Massachusetts Department of Agriculture, Nutrition, and Food Systems, University of New Hampshire, Durham, New Hampshire.
Abstract: There has been a widespread increase in affective disorders after the emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic. In the current study, we investigated the effects of exposure to and perceived accuracy of news media and demographic characteristics on anxiety and depressive symptoms. We conducted an online survey of US adults (N = 480) using hierarchical linear regression models to understand the predictive roles of duration and frequency of news media exposure, as well as the perceived accuracy of COVID-19 portrayal by the news media, on anxiety and depression. Read More