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The effect of electricity shortage on personal and social well-being in families living in north and northwest Syria.
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  • Mark Hoelterhoff,
  • Fuad ALHAJ OMAR,
  • Ibrahim Mahmoud,
  • Georgios Argyros
Mark Hoelterhoff
The University of Edinburgh

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Zonguldak Bülent Ecevit University
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Ibrahim Mahmoud
Shafak Organisation
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Georgios Argyros
The University of Edinburgh
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Background: Previous research on the electricity supply in Syria identified a gap between production and users’ needs due to infrastructure damage. The aim of this paper was to investigate the social and psychological impact of electricity shortages on people’s lives in north and northwest Syria. Methods: Head of households (N = 412, M age = 40, SD = 9.4) completed the short version of the Warwick Edinburgh Mental Well-being Scale and answered questions on the available hours of electricity, and displacement. They were also requested to complete, on behalf of their children (N = 716, M age = 10, SD= 2.6), the Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire. Results: The results indicated significant correlations between hours of available electricity and well-being, and displacement with well-being. In addition, children’s hyperactivity problems and prosocial behaviour were also associated with the amount of available electricity. Conclusion: Although this pilot study provides an understanding of the impact of electricity shortage on psychosocial well-being, further research should include more targeted studies in each of the areas identified.