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Dr. Christine Tenk
This study evaluated university students’ levels of overall social connectedness, social connectedness with various groups (family, friends, classmates, instructors, school community), and perceived stress during the COVID-19 pandemic. Additionally, this study investigated whether there were associations between students’ overall social connectedness levels, levels of social connectedness with various groups, and perceived stress levels. Undergraduate students (n = 91) at a university in London, Ontario, completed a questionnaire comprising the Social Connectedness Scale, questions about social connections with particular groups, and the Perceived Stress Scale. A correlation analysis revealed a significant, negative correlation between overall social connectedness and perceived stress. Furthermore, hierarchical linear regression analyses revealed that levels of social connectedness with family and friends were the strongest significant predictors of both overall social connectedness level and perceived stress level. Students’ levels of perceived stress and overall social connectedness appeared lower than in past research, which could be a result of COVID-19.
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MacKenzie, Lily G., "Exploring Social Connections and Perceived Stress During COVID-19" (2021). Brescia Psychology Undergraduate Honours Theses. 41.