Date of Degree Completion
Master of Public Health (MPH)
Second Committee Member
Third Committee Member
Objective: This study examined the effects of the COVID-19 global pandemic on the mental health and well-being of college students residing in a rural community. Eligible students reported on their mental health statuses, coping strategies, distresses, demographics, and original items to capture students’ experiences. Participants: Participants were 372 undergraduate and graduate student's living in residence halls or on-campus housing enrolled in a public university between January and March 2021. Methods: Univariate and bivariate statistical analyses were utilized. Open-text responses about navigating mental health challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic are summarized. Results: Students who identified as LGBTQ+ (pp=0.0022) scored significantly higher in depressive symptoms, while year in school, race, or ethnicity did not appear to play a role in overall mental health status. Conclusion: This study can be used to help enhance current mental health services offered on-campus, especially for students who face higher burden of mental health risks.
Writer, Brooke, "Mental Health Risks & Patterns Among On-Campus Resident Students during the COVID-19 Pandemic" (2021). All Master's Theses. 1513.
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