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Assessment of the Psychological Impact and Perceived Stress Due to COVID-19 Lockdown in Young Adult Population of India.

Version 1 : Received: 26 July 2020 / Approved: 28 July 2020 / Online: 28 July 2020 (04:39:39 CEST)

How to cite: M, S.; Haque, I.; Bhyan, S.J.; Gaur, A.; Jain, A.; Kumari, A.; Thomas, B.; Goel, N.; Chauhan, R. Assessment of the Psychological Impact and Perceived Stress Due to COVID-19 Lockdown in Young Adult Population of India.. Preprints 2020, 2020070664 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202007.0664.v1). M, S.; Haque, I.; Bhyan, S.J.; Gaur, A.; Jain, A.; Kumari, A.; Thomas, B.; Goel, N.; Chauhan, R. Assessment of the Psychological Impact and Perceived Stress Due to COVID-19 Lockdown in Young Adult Population of India.. Preprints 2020, 2020070664 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202007.0664.v1).

Abstract

Context: COVID-19 pandemic and the Lockdown implemented as a measure to contain the virus spread has taken a toll over the psychological well-being of the people especially the young adults, the confinement along with the environment of a highly infectious pandemic around the induvial are put under great stress.Aims: The current study aims to assess the psychological impact and perceived stress due to COVID-19 lockdown in Young Adult population of India.Settings and Design: It is a cross sectional, observational study.Methods and Material: The survey was conducted using Google forms involving snowball sampling technique which obtained 267 responses in total. (IES-R) and (PSS) scales were used for the study.Statistical analysis used: Descriptive analysis were performed on the sociodemographic parameters and the comparison of means were done by Chi-square test in SPSS Statistic 21.0 (IBM SPSS Statistics, New York, United States). Results: The mean IES-R and PSS scores obtained for the population in this study was 25.64±18.95 and 18.27±6.10 respectively. Out of the 267 respondents in total 61.4% (n=164) of them were males. Maximum of the respondents 62.54%(n=167) belonged to the age group of 18-23 with mean age being 23.14± 2.913. 92.5% of the respondents were unmarried and only 26.6% belonged to the rural part of India. Females, younger individuals were found to have higher IES-R and PSS scores. Conclusions: There is significant psychological burden and stress on the young Indian population with females and younger individuals particularly students are the most vulnerable population.

Subject Areas

COVID-19 lockdown; psychological impact; perceived stresses-R scale; PSS scale; young adults

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