Sociodemographic characteristics, preventive behaviors, and the mental health status of social work students in the US during the COVID-19 pandemic

Youn Kyoung Kim, Mansoo Yu, Sung Seek Moon, Arati Maleku, Mee Young Um, Gashaye Malaku Tefera

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Abstract

Using data from a cross-sectional online survey among social work students (N = 457) in the US, our study explored differences in mental health status based on sociodemographic characteristics and preventive behaviors during the COVID-19 pandemic. Results showed disparate experiences related to anxiety, depression, self-harming thoughts, stress and hopelessness by age, gender, employment status, marital status, education, number of children, living arrangement, and mask-wearing and social distancing preventive behaviors. Findings provide implications to mitigate both the current and prolonged impact of the pandemic among social work students who will be playing crucial roles in the provision and delivery of health and human services.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalSocial Work in Mental Health
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - 2022

Keywords

  • College students
  • COVID-19
  • mental health
  • preventive behavior
  • social work students
  • sociodemographic characteristics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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