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Online learning predictors of mental health in third-level students during the COVID-19 pandemic in Ireland

Hargreaves, April, Loughnane, Gerard M., Nguyen, Hau and Mothersill, David (2022) Online learning predictors of mental health in third-level students during the COVID-19 pandemic in Ireland. Journal of American College Health. ISSN 1940-3208 (In Press)

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Objective: COVID-19 forced third-level students to transition to online learning (OL). Many students encountered issues with OL, such as accessibility. However, the relationship between OL issues and mental health during this time remains poorly understood.

Participants: Third-level students in Ireland (N = 268) completed an online questionnaire examining experiences with OL and mental health during COVID-19.

Methods: OL social, lecturer, accessibility, individual skills, and environment issues, were entered into logistic regression analyses to examine whether these variables predicted mental health outcomes and/or preference to keep OL.

Results: Students reporting more individual skills issues were more likely to attain a probable diagnosis of posttraumatic stress disorder, complex posttraumatic stress disorder, and depression (p < 0.0083); students who reported more environment issues were less likely to report preference to keep OL (p < 0.0005).

Conclusions: Given individual skills issues associated with worse mental health, future research should examine improving student perceptions of their own OL skills.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: COVID-19; Ireland; mental health; online learning; third-level students
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
L Education > LC Special aspects / Types of education > E-Learning
D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain > Ireland
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA790 Mental Health
Divisions: School of Business > Staff Research and Publications
Depositing User: Clara Chan
Date Deposited: 22 Jun 2022 14:12
Last Modified: 22 Jun 2022 14:23

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