The impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on mental health among Marine Engineering students in Region VI, Philippines
The COVID-19 Pandemic has brought the world into a catastrophic situation. The Philippines is one of the nations that has been dramatically affected by this unseen and deadly virus. As early as March 2020, the country declared a nationwide lockdown that psychologically impacted the people. This descriptive-correlational study aimed at ascertaining the impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on the mental health of Marine Engineering students. DASS-21 was adopted to assess depression, anxiety, and stress among 185 respondents. The computer-processed statistics used were mean and frequency for descriptive analysis; t-test was used for Independent Samples, and One-way ANOVA was used for inferential analysis. The Alpha level was set at 0.5. The study found that, generally, Marine Engineering students had mild signs of depression, moderate signs of anxiety, and normal signs of stress. There was no significant difference in terms of impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on the Marine Engineering students’ mental health in terms of depression, anxiety, and stress when classified according to year level, place of birth, and location of residence. A psychological intervention program, “bUligAn and Naapektuhan ng Pandemya: A Psychological Intervention Program,” was formulated to address the impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on the mental health of Marine Engineering students.
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