Since February 1, 2021, Myanmar has been experiencing political instability. The purpose of this study is to explore the mental health of adults in Myanmar. The study also sought to identify variables that served as protective factors against exposure to political life event. The main variables of interest were: political life events, perceived stress, belief in a just world, as well as relevant symptomatology. Survey data was collected from 14 provinces and regions in Myanmar, with an N of 1688. Since there is no Burmese version of the scales in Myanmar, the reliability and validity of all questionnaires were also analyzed. The results of the study show that political life events are positively correlated with perceived stress and anxiety, depression, and somatization. Moreover, belief in both distributive and procedural justice are negatively correlated with mental well-being as measured by the same variables. A chain mediation was found between Political life events, perceived stress, two self-just world belief subscales and relevant symptomatology.
Sai Nay Nay Win, Southwest University, China
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