Impact of COVID-19 Pandemic on Psychological Health of College Students in India

Ankit Chouksey1*Email

Munmun Agrawal2

1Research Scholar, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology (Banaras Hindu University), Varanasi 221005, India

2Research Scholar, Department of Metallurgical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology (Banaras Hindu University), Varanasi 221005, India

Abstract

Uncertainty arose by the unprecedented spread of COVID-19 throughout the world, imposing a great challenge on students' psychological resilience. The current study aimed to do a nationwide survey on college students to understand the level of mental impact, stress, and anxiety among them amidst the coronavirus outbreak. We prepared a questionnaire packet having three sections viz. demographic information, Generalized Anxiety Disorder-7 (GAD-7), and possible stressors to collect the responses of students. Out of 414 responses, 32% of students unveiled mild anxiety symptoms, 16.7 % moderate level anxiety, and 12% reported severe level anxiety. Demographic factors like age, marital status, degree and year had no significant impact on the anxiety level, Whereas COVID-19 stressors such as the impact on academic activities worry about academic delays, and change in daily routine life had a remarkable positive impact on the anxiety level. Residing in an urban area and relative or acquaintance diagnosed with COVID-19 also noticeably triggered the mental sound health of the students. Our finding suggests that looking at the severity of the forthcoming situation, there is an urgent need to develop psychological interventions as a coping mechanism against anxiety to nurture the mental health of these vulnerable college students.

Impact of COVID-19 Pandemic on Psychological Health of College Students in India