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Psychological Stress among Students in Health-Related Fields during the COVID-19 Pandemic: Results of a Cross-Sectional Study at Selected Munich Universities

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Institute for Medical Information Processing, Biometry, and Epidemiology—IBE, Chair of Public Health and Health Services Research, LMU Munich, 81377 Munich, Germany
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Pettenkofer School of Public Health, 81377 Munich, Germany
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Department of Social Work, Catholic University of Applied Sciences, 81667 Munich, Germany
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Gynecology Division, Department of Pediatrics, Obstetrics and Gynecology, University Hospitals of Geneva, 1205 Genève, Switzerland
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Department of Health and Nursing, Catholic University of Applied Sciences, 81667 Munich, Germany
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Academic Editor: Paul B. Tchounwou
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18(12), 6611; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18126611
Received: 15 May 2021 / Revised: 10 June 2021 / Accepted: 15 June 2021 / Published: 19 June 2021
(This article belongs to the Section Mental Health)
The COVID-19 pandemic has been a challenging period of upheaval for higher education students. This study aims to assess the factors associated with psychological stress during the COVID-19 pandemic among a sample of students in health-related fields at Munich universities in Germany. Students (n = 623) from KSH Munich and LMU Munich completed an online cross-sectional survey. Information on demographics and academic and everyday difficulties due to the COVID-19 pandemic as well as data on physical and mental health were collected. Multivariable logistic regression analyses were performed to identify factors associated with the outcome. The prevalence for higher psychological stress was 44% among the study population. Factors associated with higher psychological stress were: lower overall life satisfaction (p < 0.0001), worsened health situation (p < 0.0001), lack of social support (p = 0.0301) and social interaction (p = 0.0115), worries about financial difficulties due to loss of income (p = 0.0134), stressful thoughts about a second wave (p < 0.0001), feeling unable to positively influence the situation (p = 0.0262) and study-related effects, such as perceived study burden (p = 0.0003) and likely delay in studies (p = 0.0178)). The COVID-19 pandemic is having a significant negative impact on the mental health of students in health-related fields. Proactive efforts to support the mental health and well-being of students are needed. View Full-Text
Keywords: coronavirus; COVID-19; mental health; psychological stress; students coronavirus; COVID-19; mental health; psychological stress; students
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Schröpfer, K.; Schmidt, N.; Kus, S.; Koob, C.; Coenen, M. Psychological Stress among Students in Health-Related Fields during the COVID-19 Pandemic: Results of a Cross-Sectional Study at Selected Munich Universities. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18, 6611. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18126611

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Schröpfer K, Schmidt N, Kus S, Koob C, Coenen M. Psychological Stress among Students in Health-Related Fields during the COVID-19 Pandemic: Results of a Cross-Sectional Study at Selected Munich Universities. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2021; 18(12):6611. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18126611

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Schröpfer, Kristina, Nicole Schmidt, Sandra Kus, Clemens Koob, and Michaela Coenen. 2021. "Psychological Stress among Students in Health-Related Fields during the COVID-19 Pandemic: Results of a Cross-Sectional Study at Selected Munich Universities" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 18, no. 12: 6611. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18126611

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