Date of Award

Spring 5-4-2021

Document Type

Capstone Paper

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Counseling and Human Services

First Advisor

Anquinetta V. Calhoun

City

Rochester

Abstract

In anticipation of the burden loneliness will have in combination with distressing psychological and emotional burdens carried over from the COVID-19 prevention strategies i.e., social distancing, quarantine measures, and lockdowns, colleges and universities are facing a broad spectrum of challenges as they shift to adapt to a new normal. Besides the physical health impact of COVID-19, this global pandemic has unleashed a psychological toll on society that has yet to be fully realized for its potential long-lasting effects. As campuses navigate the broader impacts of COVID-19, understanding the psychological effects of loneliness will be a primary focus in understanding it’s exacerbating effect on student mental health as the connection between loneliness and mental health outcomes are especially relevant among college students, a high-risk population for developing mental health conditions.

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