Perceived Productivity and Mental Health Amongst Students During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Matthew Fenner, Marsalis Byrd, Madison Garvin, Ryan Allen, and Dr. Anisah Bagasra, Department of Psychological Science, Kennesaw State University, 1000 Chastain Rd NW, Kennesaw, GA, 30144

In the last few years, the mental health of college students has become a growing concern as the number of students using mental health services continues to increase. The introduction of COVID-19 at the beginning of 2020 brought this issue into even greater focus as many college students, as well as many others, are now faced with a whole new set of mental health challenges. This study aims to determine the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the productivity and mental health of college students through several stress, depression, anxiety and productivity scales. Data will be collected from approximately 150 students attending a large public college located in the Southeastern region of the United States. Students will be recruited through university email and club membership lists. The study will consist of an anonymous survey that includes the DASS-21, Perceived Stress Scale and a productivity scale. We expect students to score higher on the DASS-21 and Perceived Stress Scale if they are currently employed, international, classified as a freshman or senior, or the primary caretaker of children. In contrast, we expect these individuals to score lower on the productivity scale as compared to their peers. These predictions are based off several studies we found regarding factors that had a significant impact on the mental health and success of college students before COVID-19. A study concerning currently employed students found that GPA was negatively correlated with the degree of commitment an individual was required to devote to their job. Individuals who are the primary caretakers of children were also shown to have increased stress and lowered performance due to less sleep, increased time spent at work and less available time to study. Data will be analyzed for descriptive statistics and correlations using SPSS.

Additional Abstract Information

Presenters: Matthew Fenner, Marsalis Byrd, Madison Garvin, Ryan Allen

Institution: Kennesaw State University

Type: Poster

Subject: Psychology

Status: Approved

Time and Location

Session: Poster 11
Date/Time: Wed 3:00pm-4:00pm
Session Number: 7025