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Year : 2021  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 87-92

Impact of COVID Pandemic on Psychological Health and Academics of Undergraduate Students

Department of Community Medicine, Bharati Vidyapeeth (DTU) Medical College, Pune, Maharashtra, India

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Aarati B Pokale
Department of Community Medicine, Bharati Vidyapeeth (DTU) Medical College, Pune - 411 043, Maharashtra
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/dypj.dypj_14_21

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Introduction: Novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) first caused an outbreak in Wuhan, China in December 2019. After its spread in India, lockdown was initiated which forced students to continue their education through online learning platforms. Aim: The aim of the study was to assess the impact of the pandemic on psychological health and academics of undergraduate students in India. Settings and Design: Online survey conducted among undergraduate students. Materials and Methods: Cross-sectional study was conducted using three validated scales to assess fear, anxiety and depression (Numeric Rating Scale, Hamilton Anxiety Scale A, and Zung Self-Rating depression Scale). Statistical Analysis: Data were analyzed using the SPSS software version 25.0. The Chi-square test was used for the comparison of variables with demographic characteristics and regression analysis was done to calculate anxiety and depression scores. Results: Online survey was filled by 721 undergraduate students from across India. Moderate scores of fear, anxiety, and depression were reported to be 43.3%, 23.4%, and 76.4%, respectively. A total of 82.5% of respondents reported that the pandemic had affected their studies with disturbed routine, loss of concentration, and eye strain being the major causes. Conclusions: Mental health of students should be assessed and psychological guidance should be provided during the pandemic. Online teaching curriculum should consider all the stressors faced by students and planned accordingly.

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