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Table 5 Worry about COVID-19 by GAD-7 score ≥ 8 and reported Child SDQ score ≥ 5 (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

    Anxiety GAD-7 Score (≥8) Reported Children Emotional SDQ Score (SDQ ≥ 5)
Characteristics Category Frequency (n) % %(n) Chi-Square χ2 p-value %(n) Chi-square χ2 p-value
I believe the public fear is justifiable Strongly disagree/Disagree 85 5.8 31.8 (27) 29.08 < 0.001* 29.7 (11) 0.89 0.640
Neutral 156 10.6 35.3 (55)    9.5(71)
Strongly agree /Agree 1228 83.6 52.9 (650)    29.2 (186)
I believe the public fear is dysfunctional Strongly disagree/Disagree 759 51.7 51.5 (391) 10.86 0.004* 28.5 (107) 0.357 0.836
Neutral 261 17.8 40.6 (106)    13.9(29)
Strongly agree/ Agree 448 30.6 52.3 (235)    30 (74)
I am worried about catching COVID-19 Not worried at all 138 9.5 21.7 (30) 176.98 < 0.001* 6.6 (7) 55.25 ≤0.001*
Little/Somewhat worried 801 55.2 40.6 (325)    10.3 (67)
Very/Extremely worried 511 35.2 72.6 (371)    26.3 (104)
I am worried about my parents catch COVID-19 Not worried at all 49 3.6 14.3 (7) 98.86 ≤0.001* 5.1 (2) 18.24 ≤0.001*
Little/Somewhat worried 294 21.4 29.6 (87)    8.2(20)
Very/Extremely worried 1028 75.0 57.8(594)    18.4 (146)
I am worried my children catch COVID-19 Not worried at all 62 5.3 19.4 (12) 110.44 ≤0.001* 4 (2) 23.14 ≤0.001*
Little/Somewhat worried 342 29.2 29.8(102)    10 (32)
Very/Extremely worried 766 65.5 60.2(461)    20.4 (141)
I am worried about what COVID-19 can do to me health wise Not worried at all 121 8.4 17.4 (21) 178.81 ≤0.001* 3.1 (3) 44.22 ≤0.001*
Little/Somewhat worried 667 46.4 38.4 (256)    10.5 (56)
Very/Extremely worried 647 45.1 68.8 (445)    23.1 (117)
I am worried about social isolation Not worried at all 375 26.1 34.4(129) 81.71 ≤0.001* 9.2 (27) 58.29 ≤0.001*
Little/Somewhat worried 608 42.3 48.2(293)    10.6 (52)
Very/Extremely worried 454 31.6 65.6(298)    27.7 (99)
I am worried about loss of income if infected with COVID-19 Not worried at all 265 18.8 32.1 (85) 73.63 ≤0.001* 7.9 (16) 22.91 ≤0.001*
Little/Somewhat worried 441 32.9 44.4 (196)    12.1 (44)
Very/Extremely worried 633 47.3 61.6 (390)    20.7(107)
I am worried I transmit COVID-19 to others Not worried at all 104 8.5 31.7 (33) 79.81 ≤0.001* 8.5 (8) 32.48 ≤0.001*
Little/Somewhat worried 328 27.0 34.5 (113)    7.4 (20)
Very/Extremely worried 785 64.5 60.5 (475)    21.6 (131)
Overall worry about COVID-19 Low levels of worry 394 26.8 27.4 (108) 148.7 ≤0.001* 6.4 (18) 44.9 ≤0.001*
High levels of worry 1075 73.2 58 (624)    18.2 (160)
  1. *Significant at p < 0.05