BACKGROUND: Recent studies on the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic have revealed that university students are in a more vulnerable position in terms of their mental health. METHODS: The aim of this study is to examine differences in clinical symptoms and psychological distress comparing two groups of university students seeking psychological intervention at a University Psychological Counselling Center before the COVID-19 pandemic period and during the pandemic. A sample of 187 students was distributed into two groups: Pre-COVID-19 pandemic (N.=115) and COVID-19 pandemic (N.=72). The Personality Inventory-Brief Form for DSM-5 was used to measure personality traits; the Symptom Checklist-90-Revised was used to assess clinical symp-toms and the Outcome Questionnaire-45 explored important psychological distress. RESULTS: Findings highlighted higher levels of clinical symptoms in COVID-19 pandemic students than in pre -pan-demic ones. Conversely, the two groups did not differ in psychological distress. Data seems to confirm that the pandemic period had a negative impact on the mental health of university students seeking psychological help. CONCLUSIONS: Findings indicate the need to monitor the clinical symptomatology of university students to prevent long-term psychopathology influencing academic functioning.

Clinical symptoms in pre-COVID-19 pandemic versus COVID-19 pandemic samples of Italian university students / Cerutti, R.; Spensieri, V.; Amendola, S.; Biuso, G. S.; Renzi, A.; Gambardella, A.; Tambelli, R.. - In: MINERVA PSYCHIATRY. - ISSN 2724-6612. - 64:2(2023), pp. 136-144. [10.23736/S2724-6612.22.02312-0]

Clinical symptoms in pre-COVID-19 pandemic versus COVID-19 pandemic samples of Italian university students

Cerutti R.;Spensieri V.;Amendola S.;Biuso G. S.;Renzi A.;Gambardella A.;Tambelli R.
2023

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BACKGROUND: Recent studies on the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic have revealed that university students are in a more vulnerable position in terms of their mental health. METHODS: The aim of this study is to examine differences in clinical symptoms and psychological distress comparing two groups of university students seeking psychological intervention at a University Psychological Counselling Center before the COVID-19 pandemic period and during the pandemic. A sample of 187 students was distributed into two groups: Pre-COVID-19 pandemic (N.=115) and COVID-19 pandemic (N.=72). The Personality Inventory-Brief Form for DSM-5 was used to measure personality traits; the Symptom Checklist-90-Revised was used to assess clinical symp-toms and the Outcome Questionnaire-45 explored important psychological distress. RESULTS: Findings highlighted higher levels of clinical symptoms in COVID-19 pandemic students than in pre -pan-demic ones. Conversely, the two groups did not differ in psychological distress. Data seems to confirm that the pandemic period had a negative impact on the mental health of university students seeking psychological help. CONCLUSIONS: Findings indicate the need to monitor the clinical symptomatology of university students to prevent long-term psychopathology influencing academic functioning.
2023
COVID-19; Students; Universities; Anxiety disorders; Depressive disorder; Psychopathology
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Clinical symptoms in pre-COVID-19 pandemic versus COVID-19 pandemic samples of Italian university students / Cerutti, R.; Spensieri, V.; Amendola, S.; Biuso, G. S.; Renzi, A.; Gambardella, A.; Tambelli, R.. - In: MINERVA PSYCHIATRY. - ISSN 2724-6612. - 64:2(2023), pp. 136-144. [10.23736/S2724-6612.22.02312-0]
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