Is quarantine related to immediate negative psychological consequences during the 2009 H1N1 epidemic?

Gen Hosp Psychiatry. 2011 Jan-Feb;33(1):75-7. doi: 10.1016/j.genhosppsych.2010.11.001. Epub 2010 Dec 13.


Objective: To investigate whether being quarantined to contain H1N1 flu transmission is related to immediate negative psychological consequences or not.

Methods: Immediate psychological consequences were evaluated with the 20-item Self-Report Questionnaire (SRQ-20) and the Impact of Event Scale-Revised (IES-R) among 419 undergraduate students (176 being quarantined and 243 being nonquarantined).

Results: No significant difference was found between the quarantined group and the nonquarantined group for IES-R screening-positive rate or SRQ-20 screening-positive rate. Multinomial logistic regression analyses indicated that dissatisfaction with control measures was the significant predictor of both SRQ-20 positive screening (OR=2.22) and IES-R positive screening (OR=2.22).

Conclusion: These results are consistent with the conclusion that quarantine does not have negative psychological effects under these circumstances.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • China / epidemiology
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Influenza A Virus, H1N1 Subtype / isolation & purification*
  • Influenza, Human / epidemiology
  • Influenza, Human / prevention & control*
  • Influenza, Human / transmission
  • Male
  • Quarantine / psychology*
  • Students / psychology
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Young Adult