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Study on the psychological well-being of students during Corona launched – voucher raffle for participants

The Corona pandemic entailed and still entails numerous restrictions. This also has an impact on the psyche. What are those impacts - especially for students? This is what student Alina Hofmann wants to investigate as part of her master's thesis at the Chair of Clinical Psychology (Chair: Prof. Dr. Stephan Mühlig) at Chemnitz University of Technology.

Participation in the study is possible and takes about 30 minutes. It covers questions such as one’s current living situation, psychological and physical well-being, social relationships, and substance use. All data is collected anonymously. Three 20 euro and two 15 euro gift certificates will be raffled among all participants.

"Our goal is to gain as comprehensive an insight as possible into the general and psychological well-being of students", says Alina Hofmann. "In these challenging times for all of us during the SARS-CoV- 2 pandemic, we want to look closely at the mental state of the students and identify any need for help," adds Sophie Lux, research assistant at the Chair of Clinical Psychology and supervisor of the master's thesis. "In the course of this, we also draw attention to existing offers of help, for example the Psychotherapeutic University Outpatient Clinic at Chemnitz University of Technology (PHA-TUC) and the Psychosocial Counseling Center", says Christoph Schwarzbach, also a research assistant and supervisor of the master's thesis.

The following data will be collected as part of the survey:

  • Data on sports activities
  • Information on satisfaction in coupled relationships
  • Information on life, academic, and professional situation in relation to the pandemic
  • Information on concerns about the pandemic, well-being / stress, mental health
  • Information on general substance use
  • Data on self-compassion

Second systematic survey on students' well-being

A survey on mental well-being with 1,382 students - the so-called "Campus Stress Check" - was conducted at Chemnitz University of Technology in 2012.  At that time, clinically significant syndromes occurred especially in the areas of alcohol consumption (24%), various depressive syndromes (at 14% each) as well as anxiety syndromes (at about 9%). The current study is a repeat survey and aims to provide information on changes in student mental health compared to 2012, as well as to map current mental health in light of contact restrictions due to the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic.

For additional information, please contact Sophie Helene Lux (M.Sc. Psych.), Research Associate, phone: +49 371/531-30380, e-mail: sophie.lux@psychologie.tu-chemnitz.de and Christoph Schwarzbach, Research Associate, phone: +49 371/531-32710, e-mail: christoph.schwarzbach@psychologie.tu-chemnitz.de

(Author: Matthias Fejes / Translation: Chelsea Burris)

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