Honors Theses

Date of Award

Spring 5-1-2021

Document Type

Undergraduate Thesis

Department

Psychology

First Advisor

John Young

Second Advisor

Laura Dixon

Third Advisor

Danielle Maack

Relational Format

Dissertation/Thesis

Abstract

The purpose of this research project is to understand perceptions of the psychological, behavioral, and social impacts of COVID-19. Students at the University of Mississippi were invited to participate in an online questionnaire administered through Qualtrics. The questionnaire was composed of questions concerning health behaviors, including questions from the Depression, Anxiety and Stress Scale-21, Perceived Vulnerability to Disease Scale, Fear of Coronavirus-19 Scale, and the World Health Organization’s COVID-19 Snapshot Monitoring study. 274 students participated in the study. Overall, the results of this study suggested moderate distress across the sample, differences in sleep, exercise, and alcohol consumption during quarantine conditions, and minimal financial and housing disruptions. Results from this project can help target ways to increase adherence to health recommendations related to COVID-19 and provide insight into building resilience and preparedness for potential future crises.

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