Title

A Qualitative Inquiry into Generation Z College Student’s Social Emotional Wellbeing and Academic success throughout the COVID-19 Pandemic

Document Type

Oral Presentation

Event Website

https://source2022.sched.com/

Start Date

19-5-2022

End Date

19-5-2022

Keywords

Mental Health, COVID-19 Pandemic, Academic Success, Generation Z

Abstract

The COVID-19 pandemic has drastically impacted individuals’ lives in a variety of ways. Early in the pandemic, federal and state mandates required individuals to stay home and distance unless they met specific criteria. For college students, the pandemic meant the closure of campuses and the shift to online learning. This similarly impacted students with most shifting their socialization to technology to stay connected. Even prior to the pandemic, research suggested that there is a negative correlational relationship between social-emotional wellbeing and academic success. Throughout the pandemic, researchers have shown that there has been a general rise in the rate of mental health disorders globally. However, there is a general dearth of research examining college students' personal experiences as it relates to their social-emotional wellbeing during the pandemic and how this may have impacted their academic success. For this reason, this qualitative study examined generation Z college students’ perspectives on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on their social-emotional wellbeing and academic success. In this study, 11 undergraduate students aged 18-23 were given a semi-structured interview with questions focusing on their social well-being, emotional well-being, and their academic success. Results suggest that students experienced reported experiencing symptoms of anxiety, depression, and a general lack of motivation when it came to academics. The findings also suggest that students coped with the pandemic by utilizing exercise, mindfulness activity, or participation in a hobby. Attendees of this presentation can expect to learn about the methodology and results of this study as well as about the potential implications for university personnel.

The James and Katie Gaudino 2022 Scholar of the Year Awards (Research) award winner.

Faculty Mentor(s)

Olivia Holter

Department/Program

Psychology

Additional Mentoring Department

Psychology

Additional Mentoring Department

McNair Scholars Program

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A Qualitative Inquiry into Generation Z College Student’s Social Emotional Wellbeing and Academic success throughout the COVID-19 Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has drastically impacted individuals’ lives in a variety of ways. Early in the pandemic, federal and state mandates required individuals to stay home and distance unless they met specific criteria. For college students, the pandemic meant the closure of campuses and the shift to online learning. This similarly impacted students with most shifting their socialization to technology to stay connected. Even prior to the pandemic, research suggested that there is a negative correlational relationship between social-emotional wellbeing and academic success. Throughout the pandemic, researchers have shown that there has been a general rise in the rate of mental health disorders globally. However, there is a general dearth of research examining college students' personal experiences as it relates to their social-emotional wellbeing during the pandemic and how this may have impacted their academic success. For this reason, this qualitative study examined generation Z college students’ perspectives on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on their social-emotional wellbeing and academic success. In this study, 11 undergraduate students aged 18-23 were given a semi-structured interview with questions focusing on their social well-being, emotional well-being, and their academic success. Results suggest that students experienced reported experiencing symptoms of anxiety, depression, and a general lack of motivation when it came to academics. The findings also suggest that students coped with the pandemic by utilizing exercise, mindfulness activity, or participation in a hobby. Attendees of this presentation can expect to learn about the methodology and results of this study as well as about the potential implications for university personnel.

The James and Katie Gaudino 2022 Scholar of the Year Awards (Research) award winner.

https://digitalcommons.cwu.edu/source/2022/COTS/92