Trauma scientists have raised the alarm about the devastating consequences of the Ukraine war on mental health. We examined how higher education students—as indirect victims—coped with this conflict and how they emotionally reacted during 2022. We involved 2314 students from 16 countries through an online survey. A structural equation model indicated significant relations between warrelated worry about military and macroeconomics domains and two coping strategies (opposition, support giving), in turn significantly linked with six emotions. The model was strongly invariant across gender, study field, and geographic area. The most frequent emotions were anger and anxiety, followed by two future-centred emotions (hopelessness and hope). Emotions were more frequent for females and students of the countries geographically close to the war region. Our findings call for evidence-based policy recommendations to be implemented by institutions to combat the negative short and long-term psychological sequelae of being witnesses of armed conflicts.

Coping and emotions of global higher education students to the Ukraine war worldwide / Raccanello, Daniela; Burro, Roberto; Aristovnik, Aleksander; Ravšelj, Dejan; Umek, Lan; Vicentini, Giada; Hall, Rob; Buizza, Chiara; Ayub Buzdar, Muhammad; Chatterjee, Surobhi; Cucari, Nicola; Dobrowolska, Beata; Teresa Ferreira-Oliveira, Ana; França, Thais; Ghilardi, Alberto; Inasius, Fany; Kumar Kar, Sujita; Karampelas, Konstantinos; Kuzyshyn, Andrii; Lazăr, Florin; Machin-Mastromatteo, Juan D.; Malliarou, Maria; Marques, Bertil P.; Mariela Méndez-Prado, Silvia; Mollica, Cristina; Obadić, Alka; Festus Olaniyan, Olawale; Sofia Rodrigues, Ana; Sbravati, Giulio; Vasić, Aleksandra; Zamfir, Ana-Maria; Tomaževič, Nina. - In: SCIENTIFIC REPORTS. - ISSN 2045-2322. - 14:(2024). [10.1038/s41598-024-59009-3]

Coping and emotions of global higher education students to the Ukraine war worldwide

Nicola Cucari;Cristina Mollica;
2024

Abstract

Trauma scientists have raised the alarm about the devastating consequences of the Ukraine war on mental health. We examined how higher education students—as indirect victims—coped with this conflict and how they emotionally reacted during 2022. We involved 2314 students from 16 countries through an online survey. A structural equation model indicated significant relations between warrelated worry about military and macroeconomics domains and two coping strategies (opposition, support giving), in turn significantly linked with six emotions. The model was strongly invariant across gender, study field, and geographic area. The most frequent emotions were anger and anxiety, followed by two future-centred emotions (hopelessness and hope). Emotions were more frequent for females and students of the countries geographically close to the war region. Our findings call for evidence-based policy recommendations to be implemented by institutions to combat the negative short and long-term psychological sequelae of being witnesses of armed conflicts.
2024
emotions; structural equation models; Ukraine war
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Coping and emotions of global higher education students to the Ukraine war worldwide / Raccanello, Daniela; Burro, Roberto; Aristovnik, Aleksander; Ravšelj, Dejan; Umek, Lan; Vicentini, Giada; Hall, Rob; Buizza, Chiara; Ayub Buzdar, Muhammad; Chatterjee, Surobhi; Cucari, Nicola; Dobrowolska, Beata; Teresa Ferreira-Oliveira, Ana; França, Thais; Ghilardi, Alberto; Inasius, Fany; Kumar Kar, Sujita; Karampelas, Konstantinos; Kuzyshyn, Andrii; Lazăr, Florin; Machin-Mastromatteo, Juan D.; Malliarou, Maria; Marques, Bertil P.; Mariela Méndez-Prado, Silvia; Mollica, Cristina; Obadić, Alka; Festus Olaniyan, Olawale; Sofia Rodrigues, Ana; Sbravati, Giulio; Vasić, Aleksandra; Zamfir, Ana-Maria; Tomaževič, Nina. - In: SCIENTIFIC REPORTS. - ISSN 2045-2322. - 14:(2024). [10.1038/s41598-024-59009-3]
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