Psychological Distress and Quality of Life of Survivors of Dengue Fever

Author: Beenish Waris 

Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Rukhsana Kausar

Degree: M.Phil


University: Institute of Applied Psychology, Punjab University, Lahore, Pakistan


The present research aimed to investigate psychological distress and quality of life of dengue survivors. It was hypothesized that there is likely to be a relationship between psychological distress and quality of life. It was also hypothesized that there are gender differences in psychological distress and quality of life. The sample comprised of (N = 50) participants with age range 19 to 55 years (M = 30.72, SD = 7.89). The data was collected from different towns of Lahore with non probability purposive sampling technique and participants were reached by Snow ball sampling procedure. Psychological distress scale (Kessler, 1992) and Quality of life scale (Flanagan, 1970) were administered to each participant. Urdu versions of these scales were used. Pearson Product Moment correlation was conducted to assess the relationship of psychological distress with quality of life. Independent samples t-test was used for comparing men and women on the level of psychological distress and quality of life. No significant relationship was found between psychological distress and quality of life. Findings highlight psychological implications of dengue fever for quality of life of the patients.

Keywords: psychological distress, survivors of dengue, quality of life.

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