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Perceived influence of COVID-19 pandemic on university students' learning and mental health in Ethiopia

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Mekonnen, GT and Beyera, GK and Tulu, A and Roba, TT, Perceived influence of COVID-19 pandemic on university students' learning and mental health in Ethiopia, Quality & Quantity ISSN 0033-5177 (2022) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1007/s11135-022-01485-8

Abstract

This study reports perceived influence of COVID-19 on students' learning and mental well-being. The data of 367 students were analysed using R. The linear regression model was fitted. A regression coefficient with 95% confidence interval (CI) was computed to identify factors associated with the perceived influence of COVID-19 on students' education and mental health. The mean standard deviation scores of perceived influence of COVID-19 on students' learning and communication for learning were 31.7 6.7 and 21.6 3.6, respectively. A similar number of students, 109 (29.7%) reported having depression and anxiety. Being a female student had a negative association with the effects of COVID-19 on learning, while being a rural resident had a strong positive association with both the effects of COVID-19 on learning and communication for learning. Similarly, being a social science student and in 2nd year of study were positively associated with higher history of depression and anxiety. Residing in zonal towns, district towns, and rural settings were found to have a lower prevalence of depression and anxiety. The COVID-19 placed a serious effect on students' education and mental well-being. Thus, the Ethiopian health and higher education sectors need to provide students with basic educational resources and counselling services.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:COVID-19, pandemic, influence, students, learning, psychological and mental health
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Education systems
Research Field:Higher education
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Learner and learning
Objective Field:Higher education
UTAS Author:Mekonnen, GT (Dr Geberew Mekonnen)
UTAS Author:Beyera, GK (Mr Getahun Beyera)
UTAS Author:Roba, TT (Mrs Tigist Roba)
ID Code:151007
Year Published:2022
Deposited By:Research Performance and Analysis
Deposited On:2022-07-11
Last Modified:2022-09-30
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