• Project Title: The Effect of the Pandemic on Mental Health in Populations of Domestic Abuse and Low Income Families

  • BASIS Advisor: John Hight

  • Internship Location: Arlington Psychological Services

  • Onsite Mentor: Mridu Tripathi

During the pandemic, the number of stressors on people increased significantly. People were locked in their homes, anxious about contracting the virus. Many people lost their jobs and were unable to feed their families. In addition, victims of domestic abuse were often stuck with their abusers with limited resources for help, putting them at both physical and mental risk. Since the pandemic is a new occurrence, the knowledge on the extent of the pandemic on various populations or disorders is limited. Arlington Psychological Offices has been continuously working to look at data provided by CDC, SAMSHA, and Arlington County sites to see the continuing effect of the pandemic on mental health in populations of low income and domestic abuse. Specifically, I will be working with them to evaluate which specific disorder increased and across which genders and age groups in these populations. I speculate that the pandemic has had a negative effect on the mental health of these populations. The disorders that I suspect would have spiked the most are anxiety and depression. This research will educate people on the importance of mental health resources towards public health as a whole, especially during the pandemic. The amount of resources available to people is not in accordance with the detrimental effects of the pandemic on mental health.