Psychosocial reactions of Pakistani Students towards COVID-19: A prevalence study

Keywords: Depression, Anxiety, COVID-19, Students

Abstract

Background: The current study aimed at investigating the manifestation and prevalence of the commonly reported psychosocial reactions in the university students following the onset of COVID-19 pandemic.

Methods: This cross-sectional survey was carried out during April to May, 2020 in the city of Lahore. Based on the interviews and presenting problems of thirty-nine self-referred students to student counselling service center, a list of twenty-seven self-report measure was presented through an online cross-sectional survey of 510 students enrolled in a private institute. The age range of the participants was between 17-26 years (M, 21.86; SD, 2.94).

Results: The results showed that the most frequently reported reactions by university students during COVID-19 is restricted daily routine (92%), preoccupation with cleanliness (86%), feeling uncertain about future (85%), feeling bored (84%) and low mood (84%). The least frequently reported reaction was financial crisis (48%). The findings further showed that 18% of the participants had mild, 34% had moderate, 29% severe and 19% very severe level of problems.

Conclusions: The finding revealed that university students have significantly affected by this pandemic which need attention from mental health professionals.

doi: https://doi.org/10.12669/pjms.37.2.3063

How to cite this:
Mahmood Z, Saleem S, Subhan S, Jabeen A. Psychosocial reactions of Pakistani Students towards COVID-19: A prevalence study. Pak J Med Sci. 2021;37(2):---------. doi: https://doi.org/10.12669/pjms.37.2.3063

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Author Biographies

Zahid Mahmood, University of Management and Technology Lahore, Pakistan

Professor 

PhD

Institute of Clinical Psychology,  University of Management and Technology, C-II  Johar Town, Lahore, Pakistan

Phone #: +923334693702

Sadia Saleem, University of Management and Technology Lahore, Pakistan

Associate Professor

PhD

Director Institute of Clinical Psychology,

Director IRB 

Institute of Clinical Psychology, University of Management and Technology, C-II  Johar Town, Lahore, Pakistan

Phone# +923314293560

Sara Subhan, University of Management and Technology Lahore, Pakistan

Assistant Professor 

Phd 

Institute of Clinical Psychology, University of Management and Technology C-II  Johar Town, Lahore, Pakistan

Phone# 03314475987

Ayesha Jabeen, University of Management and Technology Lahore

Assistant Professor

PhD Scholar 

Institute of Clinical Psychology,

University of Management and Technology

C-II, Johar Town, Lahore, Pakistan

Phone#+923364025510

Published
2021-01-04
How to Cite
Mahmood, Z., Saleem, S., Subhan, S., & Jabeen, A. (2021). Psychosocial reactions of Pakistani Students towards COVID-19: A prevalence study. Pakistan Journal of Medical Sciences, 37(2). https://doi.org/10.12669/pjms.37.2.3063
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