Relationship between Corona virus anxiety and health anxiety: Mediating role of emotion regulation difficulty

Document Type : Original Article


1 M.A. Student of Clinical Psychology, Faculty of educational science and psychology. Ferdowsi university of Mashhad. Mashhad. Iran.

2 Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, Faculty of educational science and psychology, Ferdowsi University of Mashhad, Mashhad, Iran

3 M. A. Student of Clinical Psychology, Faculty of Educational Science and Psychology, Ferdowsi University of Mashhad, Mashhad, Iran.

4 B. A. Student of Psychology, Faculty of educational science and psychology, Ferdowsi University of Mashhad, Mashhad, Iran

5 Ph. D student of counseling, Faculty of educational science and psychology, Ferdowsi university of Mashhad, Mashhad, Iran.


Introduction: the purpose of this study was to determine the mediating role of emotion regulation difficulty in the relationship between Coronavirus anxiety and health anxiety.
Materials and Methods: the research method of this study was descriptive-correlation type and path analysis. The statistical population of this study included Iranian adults, from which 598 people were selected by available sampling method. Data were collected using the Health Anxiety Inventory (HAI-18), Corona Disease Anxiety Scale (CDAS) and the Gratz and Roemer Difficulties in Emotion Regulation Scale (DERS). Data were analyzed using Pearson correlation and path analysis using SPSS and AMOS software.
Results: The results showed well goodness of fit to the proposed model. In this model, coronavirus anxiety had a direct and significant effect on the emotion regulation difficulty, Coronavirus anxiety and emotion regulation difficulty had a direct and significant effect on health anxiety; and emotion regulation difficulty also mediated significantly between coronavirus anxiety and health anxiety.
Conclusion: Coronavirus anxiety and emotion regulation difficulty have a direct and significant effect on health anxiety and also emotion regulation difficulty has a mediating role between coronavirus anxiety and health anxiety.


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