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Year : 2022  |  Volume : 25  |  Issue : 9  |  Page : 1571-1579

The relationship between university students' depression, anxiety, and stress with positivity attitudes and the COVID-19 pandemic


1 Yozgat Bozok University Vocational School of Health, Yozgat, Turkey
2 Department of Public Health, Yozgat Bozok University, Faculty of Medicine, Yozgat, Turkey
3 Yozgat Bozok University Health Practice and Research Center Hospital, Yozgat, Turkey

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Dr. M Kilic
Yozgat Bozok University, Faculty of Medicine, Erdoğan Akdağ Kampüsü 66900, Yozgat
Turkey
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/njcp.njcp_135_22

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Background: The physical activity of university students is restricted during the pandemic, changes in education and training, and uncertainties during the pandemic caused their social lives to change completely. Aim: This study aims to determine the relationship between the depression, anxiety, and stress, and positivity attitudes of university students during the Covid-19 (coronavirus disease-2019) outbreak and their attitudes and behaviors toward the pandemic. Subjects and Methods: This cross-sectional study was conducted online among university students, n = 2153 from April 30, 2020 to May 10, 2020. Data were collected with the Positivity Scale and the Depression Anxiety Stress Scale. Results: The proportion of those with moderate and above depression, anxiety, and stress symptoms in the study group, respectively, were 40.6%, 24.6%, and 22.5%. The risk ratio of these symptoms is higher among those with lower positive attitudes (OR [odds ratio] = 0.804, 0.897, 0.895, respectively), being women (OR = 1.446, 1.666, 1.471), who are concerned with the transmission of the Covid-19 (OR = 1.144, 1.374, 1.201), who believe their intra-family relations (OR = 1.886, 1.728, 2.083) and education (OR = 1.680, 1.682, 2.132) are negatively affected, and those who are more worried about life after the pandemic. Conclusion: Compared with the pre-pandemic period, the frequency of university students showing symptoms of depression increased, and there was no significant change in anxiety and stress levels.


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