Title

How college students are coping with COVID-19: a qualitative study

Publication Date

8-27-2021

Document Type

Article

Department

Public Health and Recreation

Disciplines

Mental and Social Health | Public Health

Publication Title

Journal of American College Health

Abstract

Objective

The purpose of this study was to measure college students’ coping strategies and change of lifestyle during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Participants

Students from the State University in California were recruited during July 2020.

Methods

A total of 11 focus group meetings were conducted.

Results

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.

Conclusions

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.

Keywords

College student, coping strategies, COVID-19, focus group meeting, transactional model of stress and coping

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