The Effect of Fear of COVID-19 Experienced by Married Individuals Living in Türkiye on Marital Adjustment

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Eurasian Journal of Family Medicine, vol.12, no.1, pp.22-30, 2023 (Scopus) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 12 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2023
  • Doi Number: 10.33880/ejfm.2023120103
  • Journal Name: Eurasian Journal of Family Medicine
  • Journal Indexes: Scopus, TR DİZİN (ULAKBİM)
  • Page Numbers: pp.22-30
  • Keywords: adjustments, COVID-19, fear, marital status
  • Hacettepe University Affiliated: Yes


Aim: We aimed to investigate the effect of fear of COVID-19 experienced by married individuals living in Türkiye on marital adjustment. Methods: A cross-sectional study design was used. Research data were collected between April 10 and 24, 2021, using the nonprobability snowball sampling technique. An online questionnaire that consisted of a participant information form, the Fear of COVID-19 Scale, and the Marital Adjustment Scale was applied to the participants via social media. Results: A total of 503 married individuals participated in the study. We found that the majority of the participants had negative changes in their feelings, thoughts, social lives, plans, and friend and work relationships during the pandemic process. According to the results of the regression analysis, the fear of COVID-19 explained 32.6% of the marital adjustment score of the participants. Conclusion: In stressful life events such as pandemics, it is necessary to plan appropriate interventions to protect married individuals’ mental health and marital adjustment.