Languishing Behavior Among Youth: Pandemic Associated Re-entry Anxiety

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Author: Pratima Kaushik

To cite this article: Kaushik, P. (2024) Languishing Behavior among Youth: Pandemic Associated Re-entry Anxiety, Youth Voice Journal, 14(2), ISSN (online): 2056-2969

Categories: Paper, Youth Voice Journal



Background: After more than three years of being in pandemic times, many people find it difficult to continue their public routine. The world has suffered varying severity and loss. The pandemic-related changes have fear and uneasiness because of the risk of illness, death, and repercussions in numerous life zones. This condition is known as Cave syndrome.

Purpose: The present study aimed to investigate the fears and anxieties of people that inhibit them from resuming their previous lives.

Method: The study was cross-sectional, using an online survey method. A sociodemographic data sheet and a self-designed open-ended questionnaire related to languishing behavior were entered into Google Forms and sent to the investigator’s contact using emails and WhatsApp using snowballing principles.

Results: Findings suggested that young adults fear infection and admit to being uncomfortable about returning to in-person interactions at the current time. They are not comfortable compromising the benefits of mandatory social distancing and have become accustomed to the “new normal”. Most young adult subjects revealed that they experience Fear of Going Out (FOGO). These elevated scores indicate anxiety among people about engaging in a pre-pandemic lifestyle.

Conclusion: This study shares insight into the impact of the pandemic on the increased levels of distress and mental health liabilities demanding psychosocial intervention. The findings significantly contribute to framing interventions and preventive measures for pandemic-affected people.

Keywords: languishing behavior, re-entry anxiety, psychosocial impact, post-pandemic lifestyle, cave-syndrome

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