Abstract

The COVID-19 pandemic began in March 2020, and since then, people have suffered physical, mental, and emotional consequences worldwide. The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted many aspects of life including food chain security, the global and national economies, education, healthcare, and individuals’ mental health. Therefore, the broad objective of this thesis project is to examine the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on the mental health of individuals worldwide and identify specific characteristics of the pandemic that are associated with these changes in mental health. College students represent a population that is vulnerable to mental illness because, for many, this is the first time when they become fully independent of their family and are immersed in society. Thus, more specifically, this thesis paper will discuss mental health trends among U.S. college students during the pandemic and identify risk factors of the psychological impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on these students. One way college students have been uniquely impacted during the COVID-19 pandemic is through campus relocation, thus this paper will examine the impact of students transitioning to remote operations as well.

Semester/Year of Award

Spring 2022

Mentor

Dan Florell

Mentor Department Affiliation

Psychology

Access Options

Restricted Access Thesis

Document Type

Bachelor Thesis

Degree Name

Honors Scholars

Degree Level

Bachelors

Department

Biological Sciences

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