Week 9: Political Implications

May 10, 2021

Hi everyone! Welcome to week 9.

As I said last week, my on-site mentor gave me suggestions on my final paper and I spent this week implementing them. I sent my second draft to her and she will show it to some of the other psychologists at the office. I am excited to talk to other professionals in the field and receive their feedback!

One interesting finding I made was that my results have political implications. As I have stated before, states with stricter lockdown restrictions had higher rates of depression. States that leaned democratically often had stricter lockdown restrictions. For example, New Mexico is a state with a democratic government even though it is rural and they had one of the strictest quarantine restrictions of any state. The urban-rural divide stems from the fact that rural states most likely have conservative governments and urban states most likely have democratic governments. It is interesting to see the effect of politics on emotional wellbeing.

Next week I will be working on finishing both my paper and presentation. I will update you on my progress!

2 Replies to “Week 9: Political Implications”

  1. Neel D. says:

    It will be interesting to see how this plays out in Virginia within the next couple of weeks because we could be fully re-opened by next month!

  2. Adelia Z. says:

    It’s really interesting to see how many different possible variables or factors could be contributing to the differences we see in mental health across different states. I wonder what impact the different levels of lockdown will have several years down the road on mental health since hopefully these stricter measures will have contributed to reducing losses of life due to the pandemic.

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