Cyprus Journal of Medical Sciences
Original Article

Anxiety, Motivation, Stress Levels and Associated Factors Among University Students in the COVID-19 Pandemic

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Department of Medical Services and Techniques, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan University, Vocational School of Health Services, First and Emergency Program, Rize, Turkey

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Department of Mental Health and Nursing, Karadeniz Technical University Faculty of Health Sciences, Trabzon, Turkey

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Department of Nursing, Gümüşhane University Faculty of Health Sciences, Gümüşhane, Turkey

Cyprus J Med Sci 1; 1: -
DOI: 10.5152/cjms.2020.2685
Read: 894 Downloads: 389 Published: 04 November 2020

BACKGROUND/AIMS

The global COVID-19 pandemic affects society seriously in terms of psychosocial aspects, but this effect is more intense on some specific population groups. University students are among the most affected population groups by the pandemic. This study was conducted to determine the anxiety, motivation, stress levels, and associated factors among health science students during the COVID-19 pandemic.

MATERIAL and METHODS

The population of this descriptive and cross-sectional study consisted of students studying at health-related departments in three universities in Turkey. The data were collected from 855 students determined with the stratified sampling method using the online survey method. A questionnaire developed by the researchers and the Beck Anxiety Inventory (BAI) were used to collect the data. Percentage, mean, standard deviation, t-test, one-way ANOVA test, Pearson correlation, and linear regression analysis were applied to evaluate the data.

RESULTS

The results revealed that the mean age of the students was 20.85±2.37 years (min: 18; max: 41), 80.5% were women, 38.0% were nursing students, 13.7% had a family member with the diagnosis of COVID-19. The BAI mean score was found to be 29.00±7.8. According to the multiple linear regression analysis, the factors affecting students' anxiety scores significantly were being female, impaired sleep and nutrition patterns, decreased motivation, increased stress level, and having a family member with the diagnosis of COVID-19.

CONCLUSION

Health science students experience severe anxiety due to COVID-19 pandemic and have moderate motivation and stress scores. Being a woman, having an impaired sleep and nutrition patterns, reduced motivation, increased stress level and a family member diagnosed with COVID-19 are factors influencing the level of anxiety.

Cite this article as: Şahin CU, Aydın M, Kulakac N. Anxiety, Motivation, Stress Levels and Associated Factors Among University Students in the COVID-19 Pandemic. Cyprus J Med Sci 2020; DOI: 10.5152/cjms.2020.2685.

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