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Exploring the Role of Social Connectedness and Health Anxiety in Predicting Psychological Well-being


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1 Department of Psychology, Radhabai Kale Mahila Mahavidyalaya, Ahmednagar, Maharashtra, India
2 Department of Psychology, Karmaveer Bhaurao Patil College, (Autonomous), Vashi, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

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Due to COVID-19 pandemic, social distancing was taken as one of the precautionary measures in India. Uncertainty about signs and symptoms, modes of transmission, and lack of definite treatment of COVID-19 has put the overall health of people in India at risk. This study aimed at exploring the role of connectedness, affiliation, and companionship factors of social connectedness and health anxiety in predicting psychological well-being and its components. This study was carried out on 317 Indian adults recruited through a convenience sampling method from July 2020 to November 2020. Hypotheses were tested using linear regression methods. Companionship had predicted 1.9% and 7.7% of the variance in autonomy and environmental mastery, respectively. Affiliation had predicted a 6.7% variance in personal growth. Connectedness and companionship explained 26.8% variance of positive relationships with others and 16.1% of self-acceptance. Health anxiety predicted 6.3%, 6.8%, 6.7%, 8.3%, and 9% variance of autonomy, environmental mastery, personal growth, positive relationship with others, and selfacceptance, respectively. 'Connectedness' and 'companionship' were the significant predictors of 'positive relationships with others' and 'self-acceptance'. 'Companionship' predicted 'autonomy' and 'environmental mastery', whereas 'personal growth' was predicted by 'affiliation'. Except for the purpose of life, health anxiety had predicted all domains of psychological well-being.
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Ezaz Shaikh
Department of Psychology, Radhabai Kale Mahila Mahavidyalaya, Ahmednagar, Maharashtra, India
Pratika Petare
Department of Psychology, Karmaveer Bhaurao Patil College, (Autonomous), Vashi, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

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Due to COVID-19 pandemic, social distancing was taken as one of the precautionary measures in India. Uncertainty about signs and symptoms, modes of transmission, and lack of definite treatment of COVID-19 has put the overall health of people in India at risk. This study aimed at exploring the role of connectedness, affiliation, and companionship factors of social connectedness and health anxiety in predicting psychological well-being and its components. This study was carried out on 317 Indian adults recruited through a convenience sampling method from July 2020 to November 2020. Hypotheses were tested using linear regression methods. Companionship had predicted 1.9% and 7.7% of the variance in autonomy and environmental mastery, respectively. Affiliation had predicted a 6.7% variance in personal growth. Connectedness and companionship explained 26.8% variance of positive relationships with others and 16.1% of self-acceptance. Health anxiety predicted 6.3%, 6.8%, 6.7%, 8.3%, and 9% variance of autonomy, environmental mastery, personal growth, positive relationship with others, and selfacceptance, respectively. 'Connectedness' and 'companionship' were the significant predictors of 'positive relationships with others' and 'self-acceptance'. 'Companionship' predicted 'autonomy' and 'environmental mastery', whereas 'personal growth' was predicted by 'affiliation'. Except for the purpose of life, health anxiety had predicted all domains of psychological well-being.