Santhi Muttipoll Dharmarajlu, Tahani Hayan Mohamed Jaar, Shaimaa Ramadan Ateyah Khamiss, Huda Jobran Ayyashi, Layla Mohamed Ahmed Mahnashy, Raedh Ali Ibrahim Sadeq
The COVID-19 pandemic has brought into focus the mental health of various affected populations. It is known that the prevalence of epidemics accentuates or creates new stressors including fear and worry for oneself or loved ones, constraints on physical movement and social activities due to quarantine, and sudden and radical lifestyle changes. This study aimed to assess the psychological impact of COVID-19 pandemic on students from University College of Farasan, Saudi Arabia. Through quantitative survey approach and descriptive design, the 50 students from first to eight level were selected by purposive sampling method. Initially, personal information was obtained from students and then to assess the knowledge 15 item Questionnaire was used. Anxiety level was assessed using the Arabic Generalized Anxiety Disorder scale (GAD7). Depression severity was assessed by Arabic Patient Health Questionnaire 9 (PHQ9). Stress level was assessed by the Arabic Perceived Stress Scale (PSS). Need based Education about Covid 19 its coping mechanism through pamphlet. The results of the study were in awareness in awareness the total mean score was 12.74±1.192 with the mean percentage of 85. It shows that students had excellent knowledge. The total mean score for anxiety assessment scale was 8.62±5.81, with the mean percentage of 96. It shows that students had mild anxiety about impact of Covid 19 pandemic. The mean score for depression shows that 9.92±5.31 with the mean percentage of 71. It reveals that students had mild level of depression on after impact of Covid 19. Whereas in stress assessment scale the total mean score was 14.74±6.91 with the mean percentage of 57. It shows that students had moderate level of stress after Covid 19 impact. Hence it shows that students had adequate knowledge but needs to improve coping mechanism and more support. During the initial phase of the COVID-19 pandemic in Saudi Arabia, most respondent were from female gender. Our findings may enable policymakers to introduce several measures and psychological interventions that can enhance mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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