Vol - 28, Issue - 04
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International Medical Journal
Journal ID : IMJ-28-03-2021-814
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Abstract : A novel coronavirus is an emerging infectious disease that has been declared as public health emergency, many psychological and emotional impact is evident. Which created a lot of concern among people leading to increased levels of anxiety. The study aimed to assess anxiety level and coping strategies among nursing students during the COVID-19 pandemic in Palestine. A cross-sectional study was conducted between January 1st and March 1st, 2021, at the Arab American University of Palestine (AAUP), to assess the anxiety and coping strategies among nursing students during COVID-19 pandemic. The questionnaire included demographic information on students including gender, age, year of the study, family status and place of residency. Generalized Anxiety Disorder 7- Item Scale (GAD-7) was used with a suggested cut-off point of 10 for defining moderate anxiety and with a cut-off point of 15 for defining severe anxiety. A total of 836 Palestinian undergraduate Nursing students living across a number of governorates in the West Bank and the 1948 Palestinian Lands participated in the study. The Study revealed high levels of anxiety among nursing students during COVID-19 pandemic, while Students believing that coping with stress can strengthen them, example of these coping are putting the trust in God, turning to work or other substitute activities, enjoying the jokes about the situation. This study showed a higher level of anxiety toward COVID-19. Also, Students believe that coping with stress can strengthen them. Interviews with students may be helpful to assess their coping strategies.

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