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Original Research ARTICLE

Front. Psychol. | doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2020.565118

The Psychological Effects of COVID-19 on University Students Provisionally accepted The final, formatted version of the article will be published soon. Notify me

  • 1University of Salerno, Italy

This study aims to understand the levels of psychological impact of quarantine on university students during the COVID-19 outbreak in Italy. On week four of quarantine (week commencing 30th March 2020), online psychological tests were administered to a sample of 311 both undergraduate and graduate students, mean age 31.3 years old (SD = 9.22), 77.8% females. The assessment was carried out within the pre-intervention stage of a study on the effects of an online mind-body intervention for stress reduction, which is still underway. Students completed online psychological tests for the measurement of stress, affect, anxiety, and well-being. Our findings indicate that participants’ scores on the selected measures were in the clinical range for stress, anxiety, and global distress. Moreover, positive affect was slightly below average, whereas negative affect was substantially above average. Consistent with recent literature on COVID-19 implications for university students, these findings indicate that it is vital to monitor mental health during the pandemic and in the aftermath.

Keywords: psychological effects of COVID-19, university students, Affect, Anxiety, stress

Received: 23 May 2020; Accepted: 28 Sep 2020.

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* Correspondence: Dr. Deborah R. Vivo, University of Salerno, Fisciano, Italy, dvivo@unisa.it