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The Relation between Loneliness and the Well-being of Students, and the Influence of Coping- strategies during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Amanzada, Regina (2021) The Relation between Loneliness and the Well-being of Students, and the Influence of Coping- strategies during the COVID-19 Pandemic.

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Abstract:The rapid spread of the novel COVID-19 virus has created psychological pressure on students. Due to the quick adaptation of courses, students have been forced to distance themselves socially, which for many has resulted in loneliness. It has been assumed that loneliness can have an impact on well-being and that coping strategies can work against this impact. In this context, two hypotheses have been developed. The first, that loneliness has a negative effect on well-being. The second, that coping strategies can serve as a moderator effect to reduce the impact of loneliness on well-being. A cross-sectional survey, which was conducted to assess the impact of loneliness on well-being of students, was based on a sample of participants from Germany and the Netherlands through the use of a convenience sampling technique. The participants responded to three self-reported questionnaires: The Mental Health Continuum Short Form, the Short-form UCLA Loneliness scale, and the Psychometric Evaluation of a Coping Strategies Inventory Short-Form. The results indicated that loneliness has an impact on well-being. It is, therefore, necessary to monitor the mental health of students in order to minimise long-term consequences and act preventively during the pandemic. Keywords: COVID-19, pandemic, loneliness, well-being, coping strategies
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology BSc (56604)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/87537
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