Risk perceptions, fear, depression, anxiety, stress and coping among Saudi nursing students during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The COVID-19 pandemic has seriously impacted various aspects of the society on a global scale. Schools and universities provide rich resources for adolescents and young adults to develop significant coping mechanisms.This study assessed the perceptions of risk, fear, mental health status, and coping strategies among Saudi student nurses amid the COVID-19 pandemic.Using an online survey, the mental health of the students was assessed by the Depression, Anxiety and Stress Scale short form version, whereas the coping was assessed by the Brief-Coping Orientation of Problem Experienced scale.The students had modest risk perception and fear of contracting COVID-19. “Religion” was reported as the most frequently used coping strategy. Approximately 43.3%, 37.2%, and 30.9% of the respondents manifested some degree of depression, anxiety, and stress, respectively. Poor COVID-19 knowledge, perceived seriousness of COVID-19 in Saudi Arabia, perceived risk of COVID-19 infection, and the use of some coping strategies were predictors of fear. Knowing someone infected with COVID-19, fear, and several coping strategies predicted students’ mental health.This study provides data that can be used to create educational and health policies that focus on the mental health of university students, specifically nursing students.

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Authors: Abdullelah Alsolais, Nahed Alquwez, Khalaf Aied Alotaibi, Aidah Sanad Alqarni, Mohammed Almalki, Fatmah Alsolami, Joseph Almazan, Jonas Preposi Cruz