Background: The global coronavirus epidemic (COVID-19) has had a substantial impact on people's livelihoods, mental health, and quality of life. This study looked at how psychological issues, coping mechanisms, and mental health were related in Pakistan during the COVID-19 Outbreak. Additionally, it was investigated how psychological issues in Pakistan during the COVID-19 Outbreak mediated the relationship between coping mechanisms and mental health.
Methods: Five hundred participants, whose ages ranged from 12 and 18 (M = 16.51, SD = 2.01) years, were recruited from different colleges in Rawalpindi and Islamabad, Pakistan. This web-based survey was completed in the first wave of the COVID-19 epidemic full and partial lockdown, between March 23 and June 30, 2020. A web-based survey was applied to get data related to psychological problems, coping strategies, and mental health in Pakistani college adolescents in the first wave of the COVID-19 epidemic.
Results: This study’s results revealed that an active coping strategy was significantly positively associated with interpersonal sensitivity symptoms in adolescent students. The findings also demonstrated that the denial coping strategy was significantly associated with hostility symptoms, phobic anxiety symptoms, and paranoid ideation in adolescent students. Furthermore, these findings revealed that anxiety symptoms were partially mediated by venting coping strategy and mental health in adolescent students. Moreover, these findings revealed that interpersonal sensitivity symptoms and hostility symptoms were fully mediated among active, venting, substance use coping strategies and mental health in adolescent students.
Conclusion: The current study's findings revealed that adolescent students are a more vulnerable populace that needs specific prevention and interventions to improve and protect their psychological problems and mental health issues in the current epidemic globally.
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