Genetic and environmental contributions to the subjective burden of social isolation during the COVID-19 pandemic

Kottwitz A, Mönkediek B, Klatzka CH, Hufer-Thamm A, Hildebrandt J (2023)
BMC Psychology 11(1): 134.

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Kottwitz, AnitaUniBi; Mönkediek, BastianUniBi; Klatzka, Christoph H; Hufer-Thamm, Anke; Hildebrandt, Jannis
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BACKGROUND: Feelings of loneliness and the burden of social isolation were among the most striking consequences of widespread containment measures, such as "social distancing", during the COVID-19 pandemic. Because of the potential impact on people's health, there has been increased interest in understanding the mechanisms and factors that contributed to feelings of loneliness and the burdens of social isolation. However, in this context, genetic predisposition has been largely ignored as an important factor. This is problematic because some of the phenotypic associations observed to date may in fact be genetic. The aim of this study is, therefore, to examine the genetic and environmental contributions to the burden of social isolation at two time points during the pandemic. In addition, we examine whether risk factors identified in previous studies explain genetic or environmental contributions to the burden of social isolation.; METHODS: The present study is based on a genetically sensitive design using data from the TwinLife panel study, which surveyed a large sample of adolescent and young adult twins during the first (N=798) and the second (N=2520) lockdown in Germany.; RESULTS: We find no substantive differences in genetic and environmental contributions to social isolation burden over the course of the pandemic. However, we find the determinants highlighted as important in previous studies can explain only a small proportion of the observed variance in the burden of social isolation and mainly explained genetic contributions.; CONCLUSIONS: While some of the observed associations appear to be genetic, our findings underscore the need for further research, as the causes of individual differences in burden of social isolation remain unclear. © 2023. The Author(s).
Erscheinungsjahr
2023
Zeitschriftentitel
BMC Psychology
Band
11
Ausgabe
1
Art.-Nr.
134
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2050-7283
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https://pub.uni-bielefeld.de/record/2978773

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Kottwitz A, Mönkediek B, Klatzka CH, Hufer-Thamm A, Hildebrandt J. Genetic and environmental contributions to the subjective burden of social isolation during the COVID-19 pandemic. BMC Psychology. 2023;11(1): 134.
Kottwitz, A., Mönkediek, B., Klatzka, C. H., Hufer-Thamm, A., & Hildebrandt, J. (2023). Genetic and environmental contributions to the subjective burden of social isolation during the COVID-19 pandemic. BMC Psychology, 11(1), 134. https://doi.org/10.1186/s40359-023-01174-7
Kottwitz, Anita, Mönkediek, Bastian, Klatzka, Christoph H, Hufer-Thamm, Anke, and Hildebrandt, Jannis. 2023. “Genetic and environmental contributions to the subjective burden of social isolation during the COVID-19 pandemic”. BMC Psychology 11 (1): 134.
Kottwitz, A., Mönkediek, B., Klatzka, C. H., Hufer-Thamm, A., and Hildebrandt, J. (2023). Genetic and environmental contributions to the subjective burden of social isolation during the COVID-19 pandemic. BMC Psychology 11:134.
Kottwitz, A., et al., 2023. Genetic and environmental contributions to the subjective burden of social isolation during the COVID-19 pandemic. BMC Psychology, 11(1): 134.
A. Kottwitz, et al., “Genetic and environmental contributions to the subjective burden of social isolation during the COVID-19 pandemic”, BMC Psychology, vol. 11, 2023, : 134.
Kottwitz, A., Mönkediek, B., Klatzka, C.H., Hufer-Thamm, A., Hildebrandt, J.: Genetic and environmental contributions to the subjective burden of social isolation during the COVID-19 pandemic. BMC Psychology. 11, : 134 (2023).
Kottwitz, Anita, Mönkediek, Bastian, Klatzka, Christoph H, Hufer-Thamm, Anke, and Hildebrandt, Jannis. “Genetic and environmental contributions to the subjective burden of social isolation during the COVID-19 pandemic”. BMC Psychology 11.1 (2023): 134.
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