New England Clinical Mental Health Counseling faculty, Dr. Devona Stalnaker-Shofner (Associate Chair) and Dr. Cathy Lounsbury (Chair), along with students Ryan Roberts, Sadie Collagan, and Sean Keck authored an article “Perceived Stress and Self-Care in Graduate Students Amidst the COVID-19 Pandemic” that was recently published in the Journal of Wellness.
The study, on which the article is based, examined the perceived stress and self-care behaviors of graduate students at Antioch University New England as impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Findings indicated a significant relationship between participant’s perceived stress and the impact of COVID-19; specifically, as the level of perceived stress increased for the participants, so did the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
While the students on the whole reported elevated levels of stress, intrusive symptoms, and avoidant behaviors related to the pandemic, several self-care behaviors were found to be instrumental in mitigating its effects. Markedly elevated prevalence of reported adverse mental and behavioral health conditions associated with the pandemic highlight the broad impact and the need to provide resources on effective wellness strategies and coping skills to alleviate both the stress of graduate school and the distress associated with the pandemic.