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Psychological effects of the COVID-19 outbreak and lockdown among students and workers of a Spanish university.
Psychiatry Res. 2020 08; 290:113108.PR

Abstract

The aim of this study was to analyze the psychological impact of COVID-19 in the university community during the first weeks of confinement. A cross-sectional study was conducted. The Depression Anxiety Stress Scale (DASS-21) was employed to assess symptoms of depression, anxiety and stress. The emotional impact of the situation was analyzed using the Impact of Event Scale. An online survey was fulfilled by 2530 members of the University of Valladolid, in Spain. Moderate to extremely severe scores of anxiety, depression, and stress were reported by 21.34%, 34.19% and 28.14% of the respondents, respectively. A total of 50.43% of respondents presented moderate to severe impact of the outbreak. Students from Arts & Humanities and Social Sciences & Law showed higher scores related to anxiety, depression, stress and impact of event with respect to students from Engineering & Architecture. University staff presented lower scores in all measures compared to students, who seem to have suffered an important psychological impact during the first weeks of the COVID-19 lockdown. In order to provide timely crisis-oriented psychological services and to take preventive measures in future pandemic situations, mental health in university students should be carefully monitored.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Department of Psychology, University of Valladolid, Paseo de Belén 1, 47011 Valladolid, Spain. Electronic address: paula.odriozola.gonzalez@uva.es.Image Processing Laboratory, University of Valladolid, Valladolid, Spain.Department of Psychology, University of Valladolid, Paseo de Belén 1, 47011 Valladolid, Spain.Image Processing Laboratory, University of Valladolid, Valladolid, Spain.

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

Language

eng

PubMed ID

32450409

Citation

Odriozola-González, Paula, et al. "Psychological Effects of the COVID-19 Outbreak and Lockdown Among Students and Workers of a Spanish University." Psychiatry Research, vol. 290, 2020, p. 113108.
Odriozola-González P, Planchuelo-Gómez Á, Irurtia MJ, et al. Psychological effects of the COVID-19 outbreak and lockdown among students and workers of a Spanish university. Psychiatry Res. 2020;290:113108.
Odriozola-González, P., Planchuelo-Gómez, Á., Irurtia, M. J., & de Luis-García, R. (2020). Psychological effects of the COVID-19 outbreak and lockdown among students and workers of a Spanish university. Psychiatry Research, 290, 113108. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.psychres.2020.113108
Odriozola-González P, et al. Psychological Effects of the COVID-19 Outbreak and Lockdown Among Students and Workers of a Spanish University. Psychiatry Res. 2020;290:113108. PubMed PMID: 32450409.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Psychological effects of the COVID-19 outbreak and lockdown among students and workers of a Spanish university. AU - Odriozola-González,Paula, AU - Planchuelo-Gómez,Álvaro, AU - Irurtia,María Jesús, AU - de Luis-García,Rodrigo, Y1 - 2020/05/19/ PY - 2020/05/07/received PY - 2020/05/13/revised PY - 2020/05/16/accepted PY - 2020/5/26/pubmed PY - 2020/9/9/medline PY - 2020/5/26/entrez KW - Anxiety KW - Depression KW - Psychological impact KW - Stress KW - University students SP - 113108 EP - 113108 JF - Psychiatry research JO - Psychiatry Res VL - 290 N2 - The aim of this study was to analyze the psychological impact of COVID-19 in the university community during the first weeks of confinement. A cross-sectional study was conducted. The Depression Anxiety Stress Scale (DASS-21) was employed to assess symptoms of depression, anxiety and stress. The emotional impact of the situation was analyzed using the Impact of Event Scale. An online survey was fulfilled by 2530 members of the University of Valladolid, in Spain. Moderate to extremely severe scores of anxiety, depression, and stress were reported by 21.34%, 34.19% and 28.14% of the respondents, respectively. A total of 50.43% of respondents presented moderate to severe impact of the outbreak. Students from Arts & Humanities and Social Sciences & Law showed higher scores related to anxiety, depression, stress and impact of event with respect to students from Engineering & Architecture. University staff presented lower scores in all measures compared to students, who seem to have suffered an important psychological impact during the first weeks of the COVID-19 lockdown. In order to provide timely crisis-oriented psychological services and to take preventive measures in future pandemic situations, mental health in university students should be carefully monitored. SN - 1872-7123 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/32450409/Psychological_effects_of_the_COVID_19_outbreak_and_lockdown_among_students_and_workers_of_a_Spanish_university_ L2 - https://linkinghub.elsevier.com/retrieve/pii/S0165-1781(20)31314-7 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -