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According to psychiatric academics such as Agnafors, Marmark and Sydsjo (2020), data archived in the scientific literature undisputedly supports the suggestion that there is a significant link between academic outcomes and mental health. Many specialists in the field claim that there is now a lot of talk on how to deal with mental health difficulties. For example, a study by Durlak, Weissberg, Dymnicki, Taylor and Schellinger (2011) revealed that when students participate in social and emotional learning programs in the school, their grades and test results improved by 11 percentage points. Mental health has therefore been found to have a significant impact on the academic achievement of students from early on to adulthood. The academic literature also reveals that various factors influence how thriving children perform in school. The factors connected to thriving children’s success in school may positively influence those with mental illnesses.
Research carried out by scholars in psychology report that recent mental health assessments, reveal an upsurge in stress and sadness among Chinese college students since the spread of the COVID-19 virus (Liang, Kang, Zhang, Xia, and Zeng, 2021). Therefore, studies on the link between mental health illnesses and academic achievement is more important than ever before. An upsurge in mental illnesses due to the COVID-19 pandemic shows a more urgent need for identifying solutions for supporting satisfactory academic performance.
We chose a narrative review of the literature over a more comprehensive systematic analyses since our goal was to connect a wide variety of issues in a short amount of time. We target extensive multi-campus studies and nationwide studies whose findings may be generalized to the whole population of interest while conducting our research. This allows you to examine five different research papers at the same time.
Researcher in mental health in students, Oswalt (2018), and his colleagues report that the number of college students referred to counseling centers in the United States increased by 52% in 2014 compared to 2013. (44 percent). The increase in mental health illnesses among students began even before the COVID-19 pandemic. Solutions to the problem are long overdue and more important since the pandemic continues to increasingly affect the mental health of students.
Even though few studies have been undertaken, counseling center directors feel that several factors, including overly anxious parents and students’ increased dependency on technology, may be the blame for the expected increase in mental health problems among college students. We already know that in addition to these conditions, the COVID-19 pandemic is also responsible for recent increase in mental health problems among student populations. Health care providers need more information especially information about how many college students suffer from mental health problems to achieve the national goal of preventing and treating mental health problems in adolescents and young adults.
Experts in mental health and the academic performance of students, Hunt and Eisenberg (2010) report that the given the vast number of students who may want support at this crucial point in their lives, mental health among college students is both a growing problem and an exciting opportunity. Unlike Oswall et al, (2018), Hunt and Eisenberg (2010) are able to identify solutions within the problem of increased mental illnesses among college students. Hunt and Eisenberg (2010) state that a range of campus resources may benefit those with mental health difficulties. College is sometimes the only time in a person’s life when they may do all of their primary activities under one roof, including academics, socializing, obtaining health care, and other support. Campuses are well-equipped to generate, analyze, and distribute best practices because they are intellectually stimulating. Students in their late teens and early twenties have a once-in-a-lifetime chance to contribute to one of the most pressing public health issues.
Stakeholder analyses conclude that, whether the pre-matriculation abnormalities associated with attrition are still present is a significant factor when contemplating alternative types of treatment. This issue occurs due to the study’s broad use of comparisons. As a result, some well-known correlations might have been false alarms. In a letter to the editor of Archives of Mental Health, published by Wolters Kluwer, education administrators and medical researchers Srivastava et al. (2019) reported that to fully appreciate this issue, more research is necessary. Therefore, this replication would be most effective with a sample of students evaluated before entering college and tracked throughout their academic careers to set up how pre-matriculation predictors of college performance influence students’ probabilities of having fun in college. As a second unsolved question: are attrition rates a direct effect of these disorders or is it only a risk factor?
An examination of the varying levels of downheartedness and apprehension among diverse student groups is fascinating. Online education may have led to a more significant disease prevalence among undergraduate students during the current pandemic. Further investigation into the details, on the other hand, will have to wait till later. Medical academics Wang, et al., (2020) report that people who claim to be unhappy, anxious, or thinking about suicide are inexplicable. People were worried that the current pandemic would harm their lives, including academic performance, physical health, and social behavior. More research into the pandemic’s length and severity is required. To avert a sequel pandemic of severe, widespread mental illness and perhaps self-harm among vulnerable college students due to the COVID-19 pandemic, research into the most vulnerable demographics and evidence-based therapy should begin immediately. Students who are worried about the pandemic may receive help from online activities and materials provided by their institutions.
The COVID-19 epidemic has aroused interest in the mental health of persons who have been affected. Quarantine has several adverse effects, including restrictions on physical and social activities and significant changes in daily routine. All of these factors have been related to stress. Medical researchers Son, Changwon, et al., (2020) registered concerns about infection, pain, boredom, and a lack of knowledge were noted in a recent assessment of viral epidemics and pandemics. COVID-19 was first used in China, and much of what we know about its psychological effects originate from that country. In epidemics, mental health has been extensively researched, with numerous studies focusing on health care workers, patients, children, and members of the general public. A link between mental health difficulties and college students has been shown in research after study. The fundamental reasons in other countries may be different.
The above 5 research studies suggests that students with mental health problems perform worse in school than their cohorts who do not have mental health issues. Although this is not always the case, mental health difficulties can affect students’ motivation, attentiveness, and interpersonal interactions. According to recent mental health assessments, there has been an upsurge in stress and sadness among Chinese college students since the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Campuses supply a once-in-a-lifetime chance to address one of the most critical public health issues confronting today’s late teens and young adults. On campuses, best practices may be set up, assessed, and shared. The influence of pre-matriculation predictors on college achievement will require much more research, which is now underway. Many individuals are unhappy, nervous, or thinking of committing suicide. More research into the pandemic’s length and severity is required. The current epidemic’s impact on college students’ mental health must be addressed.
Agnafors, Sara; Barmark, Mimmi, and Sydsjo, Gunilla. “Mental Health and Academic Performance: A Study on Selection and Causation Effects from Childhood to Early Adulthood.” Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology, Vol., 2021, pp. 857-866.
Durlak, J.A.; Weissberg, R.P.; Dymnicki, A.B.; Taylor, R.D. and Schellinger, K.B. “The Impact of Enhancing Students’ Social and Emotional Learning: A Meta Analysis of School-based universal Interventions”. Child Development, 2011, Vol. 82, pp. 405-432.
Liang, Zhengyan; Kang, Derong; Zhang, Minqiang; Xia, Yuanlin and Zeng, Qing. “The Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Chinese Postgraduate Students’ Mental Health.’ International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 2021, Vol. 18, pp. 1-12.
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