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Perceived stress and depressive symptoms among students during COVID-19

Simons, E.M. (2021) Perceived stress and depressive symptoms among students during COVID-19.

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Abstract:The world population is currently faced with the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) caused by The Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). To reduce the spread of the virus, several measures have been taken. Due to social isolation, online education and several other factors, the mental well-being of students has been affected. Therefore, this study aims to explore the mental well-being of students during COVID-19 and more specifically the perceived stress rates and depressive symptoms. An analytical cross-sectional survey study was performed. The participants were recruited using convenience sampling. In total, the data of 216 participants was used in this study. The participants were between the age of 18 to 32 years, had to have a sufficient command of the English language and currently enrolled in a University or a University of Applied Sciences. The 10 item Perceived Stress Scale (PSS-10) was used to measure perceived stress. To measure depressive symptoms, the Beck Depression Inventory II (BDI-II) was administered. The results showed significant moderate perceived stress rates among students during COVID-19. Depressive symptoms regarding loss of energy, sleep pattern and concentration increased during COVID-19. Lastly, significant differences between males and females regarding depressive symptoms during COVID-19 were found.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:70 social sciences in general, 77 psychology
Programme:Psychology BSc (56604)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/87489
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