'Remainers' suffered mental distress equivalent to migraine after Brexit vote

phys.org | 2/7/2019 | Staff
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Warwick Business School research has found evidence that "Remainers" suffered "mental distress" in the aftermath of the UK's vote to leave the European Union—equivalent to a chronic migraine.

Using the UK Household Longitudinal Study (UKHLS), which produced more than 38,000 data points before and after the June 2016 referendum, researchers found that those who voted leave saw their wellbeing—as measured by life satisfaction—improve after the vote, but those who voted to remain in the EU saw their average mental distress rise, which continued a year after the referendum.

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And yet a year before the referendum the study finds little evidence that life satisfaction and mental distress levels were any different between those preferring to leave and those wanting to remain.

The research by Nick Powdthavee, of Warwick Business School, Anke Plagnol, of City University London, Andrew Clark, of Paris School of Economics, and Paul Frijters, of the London School of Economics, also found that reporting low life satisfaction a year ahead of the vote was a strong predictor for people going on to vote leave in the 2016 referendum.

Dr - Powdthavee - Year - UKHLS - Sample

Dr. Powdthavee said: "Every year the UKHLS surveys a representative sample of the UK population's wellbeing, with around 40,000 now interviewed since it started in 2008, and we wanted to use its findings to see if the news of Brexit had an effect on the nation's wellbeing.

"The UKHLS has several relevant questions around people's wellbeing, mental stress and life satisfaction, so we looked at the results before and after the referendum. Interestingly in 2016 it also asked for people's voting intention in the referendum.

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"There was an immediate worsening for those who preferred to remain in the EU post-Referendum in terms of mental stress. Plus, the heightening of Remainers' average mental stress appears to be long-lasting and increases over time. The increase in mental distress associated...
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