PSYCHOLOGICAL DISORDERS IN STUDENTS OF FACULTY OF EDUCATION- MISURATA UNIVERSITY, AS A RESULT TO COVID-19 PANDEMIC
This research aims to: 1. Identifying the psychological disorders in students of Faculty of Education, Misurata University as a result to COVID-19 pandemic. 2. Identifying the differences between the psychological effects of COVID-19 pandemic on male and female students at the Faculty of Education, Misurata University. 3. Identifying the difference in the levels of psychological disorders based on age group. The research question is based on the following hypotheses: 1. What are the levels of psychological issues that students at the Faculty of Education, Misrata University, face as a result to COVID-19 pandemic? 2. Are there any statistical significances in the level of psychological issues that students at the Faculty of Education, Misurata University, face based on gender factor? 3. Are there any statistical significances in the level of psychological issues that students at the Faculty of Education, Misurata University, face based on age group? The researcher used the descriptive analytical approach on 343 students, (95) males, and (248) females. The researcher used COVID-19 psychological issues scale that was used in the Egyptian setting by the two researchers, Alfaqui and Abulfutooh. The findings of this research revealed that the level of psychological issues that students at the Faculty of Education, Misurata University were facing at a low level, whereas the level of psychological issues the students faced related to boredom were moderate, making it at the top of the list. Coming second was obsession, which was at a moderate degree. The psychological issues related to eating disorders, depression and distress, psychological isolation, sleep disorders, and social anxiety in students at a lower level. These issues came in last with regards to psychological disorders related to social anxiety. Moreover, there are no indications of any statistical differences regarding psychological disorders in students linked to COVID-19 that are based on sex. This is not statistically identified. There are, however, difference that have statistical identification related to psychological issues as a result to COVID-19 pandemic in the students due to age group variation. This is statistically identified, as they belong to the age group 26 and up. Debating and arriving at the given results, a number of suggestions and recommendations have been deducted, primarily to conduct seminars for university students to raise awareness on infectious diseases, how they are transmitted and the ways for preventions. The researcher also suggests conducting researches to identify levels of obsession in university students and finding ways to mitigate them. Added to those studies on the psychological disorders resulting from COVID-19 pandemic in people who have tested positive. Finally, conducting a comparative study between the people who got infected and the ones who haven’t.
Keywords: Psychological Disorders, COVID-19, Worry, Obsessive- Compulsive Disorder.