How college students are coping with COVID-19: a qualitative study
Public Health and Recreation
Journal of American College Health
The purpose of this study was to measure college students’ coping strategies and change of lifestyle during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Students from the State University in California were recruited during July 2020.
A total of 11 focus group meetings were conducted.
Students’ coping strategies were analyzed aligning with the Transactional model of stress and coping - primary appraisal, secondary appraisal and coping efforts, and meaning-based coping. Their physical activity patterns were dramatically changed. They used various ways of managing stress and tried to overcome the unexpected situation caused by COVID-19.
This study mainly analyzed the three constructs of the transactional model: primary appraisal, secondary appraisal and coping efforts, and meaning-based coping. It is expected that the future study will focus on the last construct, coping outcomes/adaptation after the COVID-19 pandemic to measure the association between coping strategies and their outcomes.
College student, coping strategies, COVID-19, focus group meeting, transactional model of stress and coping
Chulwoo Park, Ni Zhang, Nikita Madan, Hsin Yi Tseng, Huda Assaf, Jasmine Thai, Sarah Ahmed, and Pranuthi Pagidipati. "How college students are coping with COVID-19: a qualitative study" Journal of American College Health (2021). https://doi.org/10.1080/07448481.2021.1967365