JDR Vol.17 No.1 pp. 43-50
doi: 10.20965/jdr.2022.p0043


Life Alterations and Stress During the COVID-19 Pandemic in Japan: Two-Time Comparison

Junko Okuyama*1,*2,†, Shuji Seto*2,*3, Yu Fukuda*4, Kiyoshi Ito*2,*3, Fumihiko Imamura*2,*3, Shunichi Funakoshi*5, and Shin-Ichi Izumi*1

*1Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Tohoku University Graduate School of Medicine
2-1 Seiryo-machi, Aoba-ku, Sendai, Miyagi 980-8575, Japan

Corresponding author

*2Core Research Cluster of Disaster Science, Tohoku University, Miyagi, Japan

*3International Research Institute of Disaster Science (IRIDeS), Tohoku University, Miyagi, Japan

*4Faculty of Letters, Notre Dame Seishin University, Okayama, Japan

*5Miyagi Psychiatric Center, Miyagi, Japan

October 13, 2021
November 30, 2021
January 30, 2022
COVID-19 pandemic, web-based survey, longitudinal survey, stress

No other infectious disease that has had a long-lasting impact on humanity in recent times has caused as much hardship as the coronavirus disease, COVID-19. While several cross-sectional surveys have reported the effects of the pandemic on daily life, there have been very few longitudinal reports from Japan. Therefore, we conducted web-based questionnaire surveys 131 and 610 days after the first case of COVID-19 infection was reported in Japan. There were 244 and 220 participants in the first and second surveys, respectively. The percentage of participants who felt stressed increased from 76 to 97% from the first to the second survey, while the frequency of going out and playing sports/exercising did not change. Regarding the problems faced due to COVID-19, the number of people who mentioned the word “stress” increased significantly in the second survey. The changes in perceived stress under difficult circumstances over a period of time can aid prediction and support during the COVID-19 pandemic in the future.

Cite this article as:
Junko Okuyama, Shuji Seto, Yu Fukuda, Kiyoshi Ito, Fumihiko Imamura, Shunichi Funakoshi, and Shin-Ichi Izumi, “Life Alterations and Stress During the COVID-19 Pandemic in Japan: Two-Time Comparison,” J. Disaster Res., Vol.17, No.1, pp. 43-50, 2022.
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