Sawsan S. Al- Rawi1 & Hani Alyanbaawi Jumah2 & Ahmad H. Ibrahim3 & Harith A. Hamdy4 & Harmand A. Hama5 & Abdulrahman Mahmoud Dogara6 & Azura Binti Abdullah Effendi7
1Biology Department, Faculty of Education, Tishk International University, Erbil, Iraq
2School of management, Universiti Sains Malaysia
3Pharmacy Department, Faculty of Pharmacy, Tishk International University, Erbil, Iraq
4School of management, Universiti Sains Malaysia
5Biology Department, Faculty of Education, Tishk International University, Erbil, Iraq
6Biology Department, Faculty of Education, Tishk International University, Erbil, Iraq
7School of management, Universiti Sains Malaysia
Abstract: Since the breakdown of the COVID-19, tertiary education in Malaysia is still using online classes. Returning to normal study routines might have some positive effects or opposite and causes anxiety for other students as with class reentry. Therefore, this study is evaluating the depression, anxiety, and stress in reentry classes of university students post covid-19 from all over Malaysia. Observational study was conducted using online questionnaire that was developed by adapting the Patient Health questionnaire (PHQ-9), Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD-7), and Perceived stress scale (PSS). The results show higher levels of anxiety and perceived stress among Malaysian university students towards class reentry which causes moderate depression. The findings revealed a significant correlation between depression, anxiety, and perceived stress. Thus, policies should be implemented by educational institutions and instructors to help understand the students’ mental strain and deal with future pandemic to overcome students’ anxiety and emotional distress.
Keywords: Depression, Anxiety, Stress Level, Covid-19, Education
Published: June 2, 2022
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