Volume 11, Number 3—March 2005
SARS-related Perceptions in Hong Kong
|Men, %||Women, %||Total, %||p value†|
|General mental health effect of SARS|
|SARS perceived to be severe or very severe||91.4||93.7||92.5||0.216|
|Felt horrified because of SARS (agree or strongly agree)||65.4||80.3||72.9||<0.001|
|Felt apprehensive because of SARS (agree or strongly agree)||55.5||69.1||37.7||<0.001|
|Felt helpless about SARS (agree or strongly agree)||65.0||63.7||64.4||0.703|
|Worried or worried very much about oneself or family members contracting SARS||41.3||57.2||49.3||<0.001|
|IES cutoff (posttraumatic stress symptoms)||13.3||18.0||15.7||0.060|
|Worsened self-assessed mental health effect of SARS (very much or somehow)||42.6||54.1||48.4||0.001|
|Experienced trouble falling or staying asleep because of SARS (sometimes or often)||9.3||13.6||11.5||0.054|
|Sleep was restless in the last month (sometimes or often)||15.3||21.9||18.6||0.015|
|Experienced sweating, trouble breathing, nausea, or heart pounding because of SARS||5.2||8.5||6.9||0.059|
|Increased frequency of smoking‡||13.2||11.5||12.9||0.820|
|Increased frequency of drinking alcohol§||4.7||14.8||6.8||0.062|
|Perceived increased stress because of SARS|
|Increased or much increased work stress||35.4||38.2||36.8||0.403|
|Increased or much increased family stress||38.6||37.0||37.8||0.639|
|Increased or much increased financial stress||25.1||28.0||26.5||0.344|
|Family members in need of psychology or psychiatry services||4.7||3.7||4.2||0.539|
|Difficult or very difficult to concentrate at work¶||18.8||21.8||20.1||0.409|
|Worsened or much worsened sexual life||6.2||5.9||6.1||0.855|
|Worsened or much worsened social life||31.0||43.4||37.2||<0.001|
|Family member with worsened or much worsened emotional states||26.0||26.9||26.5||0.783|
*IES, Impact of event scale.
‡Among those who were smokers.
§Among those who drank alcohol.
¶Among those who were currently working full time or part time.