Journal article

Detrimental Health Behaviour Changes among Females Living in Rural Areas during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Kristen M Glenister, Kaye Ervin, Tegan Podubinski

International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health | MDPI | Published : 2021


Women are predicted to be disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic due to increased carer responsibilities, loss of income, worry about the virus and a predominantly female healthcare workforce. Whilst there is emerging evidence that negative mental health impacts associated with the COVID-19 pandemic may be more pronounced for women than men, less attention has focussed on changes to health behaviours and health seeking experienced by women. Similarly, the impact of the pandemic in rural areas has not been investigated in detail. Our research questions were 'have females residing in rural areas experienced changes in alcohol consumption, unhealthy food consumption, smoking, exer..

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Funding Acknowledgements

There was no specific funding for this project. However, the authors are supported by the Rural HealthMultidisciplinary Training Programme funded through the Commonwealth of Australia.