Cyprus Journal of Medical Sciences, cilt.1, sa.1, ss.1-7, 2020 (ESCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi)
Cyprus Journal of Medical Sciences
The COVID-19 pandemic has affected almost all over the
world and created a great psychological impact on society as well as causing a life-threatening
situation. This study was carried out to describe the psychological impact of
the COVID-19 pandemic on healthcare worker candidate university students. The
population of this descriptive and cross-sectional study consisted of students
studying at health-related departments in three universities in Turkey.
The data were collected from 855 students determined with the cluster sampling
method using the online survey method. A questionnaire developed by the
researchers and the Beck Anxiety Inventory (BAI) was used to collect data.
Percentage, mean, standard deviation, t-test, one-way ANOVA test, Pearson
correlation, and linear regression analysis were employed to evaluate the data.
It was found that the mean age of the students was 20.85±2.37 years (min: 18;
max: 41), 80.5% were women, 38.0% were nursing students, 13.7% had a family
member with the diagnosis of COVID-19. Students' BAI mean score was found as
29.00±7.8. According to the multiple linear regression analysis, factors
affecting students' anxiety scores significantly were being female, negatively
affected sleep and nutrition patterns, decreased motivation, increased stress
level, and having a family member with the diagnosis of COVID-19.
We believe that research findings will help to develop
psychological support strategies in Turkey and other countries affected
by the ongoing pandemic.
Key Words: COVID-19,
healthcare worker candidate, psychological effect, student