Derek Berger

Date Approved


Degree Type

Open Access Senior Honors Thesis

Department or School


First Advisor

Natalie Dove, Ph.D.

Second Advisor

Rusty McIntyre, Ph.D.

Third Advisor

Ann R. Eisenberg, Ph.D.


The entire world has been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic in a multitude of ways. This project aimed to identify if those experiencing depression and anxiety are more likely or less likely to follow mandated guidelines and safety procedures for COVID-19 than those who are undiagnosed. For the purposes of this project, guidelines and safety procedures were defined as receiving the COVID-19 vaccines, wearing a mask, practicing social distancing, and avoiding social gatherings. Data were gathered through the construction and administration of a nationwide survey, and then depression and anxiety were correlated with each safety procedure separately. It was found that individuals with depression are more likely to follow certain COVID-19 safety procedures, such as following CDC guidelines and avoiding social gatherings at the beginning of the pandemic. On the other hand, it was discovered that those with anxiety were more likely to wear a mask and avoid social gatherings at the beginning of the pandemic. Within this research study, the implications for the findings will be thoroughly discussed.

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Psychology Commons