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The Association between Interpretation Bias, Emotion Regulation and Covid-Related Anxiety: A Cross-Sectional Study

Shahrbanoo Ghahari, Reza Davoodi, Ali Shahbazi, Nazanin Farrokhi, Shiva Danesh, Mohammad Shams Mehrabadi and Pouya Farokhnezhad Afshar


Published: 2022/09/01


Background: Covid-19 is a global problem affecting both physical and mental health. Anxiety is a common psychological reaction to Covid-19 disease. This study assessed the association between interpretation bias, emotion regulation, and Covid-related anxiety. Method: This is a cross-sectional study. The sample size was determined to be 150 patients with Covid-19. Participants completed the C-19 Anxiety Scale (CDAS), the Emotion Regulation Strategies Questionnaire (ERQ), and the Davos Assessment of Cognitive Biases Scale (DACOBS). Results: The multiple regression analysis showed that Covid-19 anxiety was related to interpretation bias (β = 0.21, p = .005) and emotional regulation (β = 0.19, p = .01). Conclusion: The present study showed that both interpretation bias and components of emotional regulation are associated with anxiety in patients with Covid-19. Key Words: Covid-19, Anxiety, Emotional regulation, Bias

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