COVID-Related Functional Difficulties and Concerns Among University Students During COVID-19 Pandemic: A Binational Perspective

Miriam Schiff, Larysa Zasiekina, Ruth Pat-Horenczyk, Rami Benbenishty

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Abstract

The COVID-19 pandemic has created a sense of threat, and stress that has surged globally at an alarming pace. University students were confronted with new challenges. This study examined university students’ functional difficulties and concerns during COVID-19 pandemic in two countries: Israel and Ukraine. Additionally, it examined the similarities and differences in prediction of COVID-related concerns in both countries. Two large samples of university students were drawn from both countries. Results showed that students’ main functional difficulties in both countries were: worries about their family health status and their learning assignments. In both countries, COVID-related functional difficulties and stress associated with exposure to the media added a significant amount of the explained variance of COVID-related concerns after controlling for background variables. In conclusion—while the level of exposure and difficulties may differ by country and context, their associations with students’ concerns seem robust. Additionally, repeated exposure to media coverage about a community threat can lead to increased anxiety.

Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Community Health
Early online date7 Oct 2020
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 7 Oct 2020

Keywords

  • Comparative studies
  • COVID-19
  • COVID-related concerns
  • Functional difficulties
  • Media exposure
  • University students

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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