Prevalence of Anxiety in University Students During the Covid-19 Pandemic

Conference: The Barcelona Conference on Education (BCE2022)
Title: Prevalence of Anxiety in University Students During the Covid-19 Pandemic
Stream: Educational Research, Development & Publishing
Presentation Type: Live-Stream Presentation
Jonida Mustafaraj, Aleksander Xhuvani University, Albania


Coronavirus (COVID-19) is an infectious disease caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus (WHO). University students are prone to experience anxiety during their years of study due to academic overload, results and graduation. The pandemic closure and switching to online classes added to the student’s experiences of insecurity, fear and anxiety. The purpose of this study was to assess the prevalence of anxiety among college students during the Covid-19 pandemic, to assess the risk for mental health problems, and to identify forms of coping and counseling for future anxiety.Quantitative method for data collection was used to conduct the study. Two inventories were used: DASS-21 and Coronavirus Anxiety Rate. The study included 364 students of the Faculty of Medical Technical Sciences, University of Elbasan "A.Xhuvani", in January 2021. In the group of selected students, the prevalence of anxiety, depression, the stress and anxiety experienced by Covid-19 was 35.5% of students had high level of anxiety, 30% had moderate level and 30.5% had mild level. From the data 14% of the students included in the study had sought help from a doctor, psychologist or pharmacist for the experienced state of anxiety.The results showed a significant level of anxiety experience experienced by university students. There was also an increase in anxiety experiences when a family member was affected by Covid-19 or other illness.It is recommended to research in future studies other variables such as the impact of gender, the impact on academic performance and to provide various information on ways to relax and manage anxiety.

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