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Table 2 Prevalence of GAD-7 score ≥ 8 by knowledge and beliefs related to COVID-19 (N = 1469)

From: The psychological impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on adults and children in the United Arab Emirates: a nationwide cross-sectional study

Characteristics Category Frequency (n) % Anxiety GAD-7 Score (≥8)
% (n)
Chi Square χ2 p-value
No Treatment Available for COVID-19 Don’t know 187 12.7 54.5 (102) 2.68 0.262
False 180 12.3 46.1 (83)
True 1102 75.0 49.6 (547)
I feel a Sense of Social Responsibility Don’t know 19 1.3 36.8 (7) 1.36 0.505
False 15 1.0 46.7 (7)
True 1435 97.7 50 (718)
There is likelihood of catching COVID-19 Don’t know 100 6.8 40.0 (40) 7.26 0.026*
Not likely 155 10.6 43.9 (68)
Likely 1214 82.6 51.4 (624)
There is likelihood of surviving COVID-19 Don’t know 113 7.7 54.0 (61) 3.14 0.208
Not likely 50 3.4 60.0 (30)
Likely 1306 88.9 49.1 (64)
There is likelihood I will develop severe illness Don’t know 199 13.5 48.2 (96) 13.56 0.001*
Not likely 433 29.5 43.0 (186)
Likely 837 57.0 49.8 (732)
  1. *Significant at p < 0.05