State Anxiety and Irrational Beliefs during Coronavirus Pandemic: The Case of Palestinian Women

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2021-09-20
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Halabiya, Fadwa A.
Al-Zein, Inas M.
Hussein, Ola A.
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This study investigates the correlationbetween state anxiety and irrational beliefs among Palestinian women during the coronavirus pandemic.It seeks to reveal whether there are any statistically significant differences in state anxiety and irrational beliefsdue to age, marital status, education level, household income and the number of children. It also seeks to identify the level of state anxiety and the level of irrational beliefs among Palestinian women.The study used the descriptive correlational method, and the sample consisted of 750 Palestinian women from the West Bank governorates.The study adopted the State-Trait Anxiety Inventory (Spielberger et al., 1983) and Irrational Beliefs Inventory (IBI) (Rihani, 1985). The results showed a statistically significant positive correlation between the levels of state anxiety (moderate) and irrational beliefs among Palestinian women during the Coronaviruspandemic.There were also statistically significant differences in the level of state anxietydue tohousehold income.No statistically significant differences were foundowing to other variables.The results showed that a moderate level of irrational beliefs among Palestinian women during the Coronavirus pandemic.There werestatistically significant differences in the level of irrational beliefs due to all study variables, except for the number of children. The study is concluded with a number of recommendations in the light of its findings.
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state anxiety, irrational beliefs, Palestinian women, Coronavirus pandemic
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