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Information Sciences Letters

Information Sciences Letters

Abstract

The present study aimed to investigate the level of severity of some psychological symptoms resulting from the Coronavirus pandemic, among a sample of Ajman University students in the United Arab Emirates, and to verify the differences between students’ demographic variables. The study used the descriptive-analytical approach and a modified DASS-21 scale, by adding the two scales of phobia and mental distraction to the tool. The reliability of the tool was verified for use on the sample in the current study. The most prominent results indicated that the highest psychological symptoms resulting from the Coronavirus pandemic were phobia (1.53 ± 0.98) with moderate severity, followed by stress (1.44 ± 0.84) with moderate severity, and the lowest was anxiety (1.02 ±0.79) with mild severity. The results also showed that females of the age group (30-40) years and the group less than 30 years of males are the most age categories who developed psychological symptoms. The study recommended the necessity of activating virtual clinical clinics in universities to provide online counseling services to face the psychological repercussions of the Coronavirus pandemic.

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