COVID-19 Pandemic: Hong Kong University Students and Psychological Well-Being

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Daniel T.L. Shek, PhD, FHKPS, BBS, SBS, JP– Department of Applied Social Sciences, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong, PRC. Public Policy Research Institute, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong, PRC. Department of Social Work, East China Normal University, Shanghai, PRC. Kiang Wu Nursing College of Macau, Macau, PRC and Division of Adolescent Medicine, Department of Pediatrics, Kentucky Children’s Hospital, University of Kentucky College of Medicine, Lexington, Kentucky, United States of America
Xiaoqin Zhu, PhD – Research Assistant Professor, Department of Applied Social Sciences, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hunghom, Hong Kong, PR China
Diya Dou, PhD
 – Department of Applied Social Sciences, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong, PR China
Joav Merrick, MD, MMedSci, DMSc
– Professor of Pediatrics at the Division of Pediatrics, Hadassah Hebrew University Medical Center, Mt Scopus Campus, Jerusalem, Israel, Kentucky Children’s Hospital, University of Kentucky, Lexington, United States and Professor of Public Health at the Center for Healthy Development, School of Public Health, Georgia State University, Atlanta, United States, the former Medical Director of the Division for Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, Ministry of Social Affairs and Social Services, Jerusalem and the Founder and Director of the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, Israel

Series: Public Health: Practices, Methods and Policies
BISAC: MED078000
DOI: https://doi.org/10.52305/AOKN1635

The COVID-19 pandemic resulted in social distancing and lockdown of businesses and also changed life for university students, who had to stay home and learn online instead of frontal teaching. Especially in Hong Kong university students faced many challenges. One huge challenge here is the small flats many families live in and all of a sudden everybody has to stay home. Students may lack privacy, when they attend online lectures and if there are several children at home, they also compete for computer and Wifi resources. Second, because of city lockdown, the social life of university students was much affected, which may lead to reduced social support and increased conflicts with the family. Third, for many university students, they had to take up part-time work to support their living, but the pandemic made that option impossible. The pandemic also severely restricted the offshore learning opportunities for the students, such as going outbound for work-integration and student exchange programs. In this book we describe a study carried out at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University during January-June 2021 to assess the mental health and well-being of university students during the pandemic. Student surveys and focus group interviews, teacher focus group interviews and key services providers’ stocktaking surveys were conducted to reveal the risk and protective factors of mental health in different contexts.

 

Table of Contents

Introduction

Chapter 1. Psychological well-being in Hong Kong university students under COVID-19
Abstract
Introduction
Acknowledgments
References

Section I: COVID-19

Chapter 2. A mental health survey and the promotion of psychological well-being in university students under COVID-19
Abstract
1. Introduction
2. Objectives of the study
3. Methods of study
4. Key findings
5. Recommendations on policy and service
6. Overall conclusion
Background of the study
Conceptual framework and research questions
Overview of research design
Student survey
Results
Student focus group interviews
Teachers’ focus group interviews
Stock-taking survey of key service providers
Findings
Discussion and recommendations
Appendices

Section II: Acknowledgments

Chapter 3. About the authors

Chapter 4. About the Department of Applied Social Sciences, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hung Hom, Hong Kong

Chapter 5. About the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development in Israel

Section III: Index

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