Honors College Theses

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Health Education and Promotion (B.S.)

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Thesis (open access)

Faculty Mentor

Joanne Chopak-Foss


This study explores the connection between emotional well-being of college students and the COVID-19 pandemic. Many physical distancing practices have negatively affected emotional well-being, such as increased time alone and screen time. A purposive sample of convenience was utilized to collect information on the emotional well-being of a selected group of students at two time points: January through March 2020 and January/February 2021. Students from the Honors College were selected as the study population. The survey questions were administered electronically through Qualtrics software, Version: February 2021. Of the 101 survey responses obtained between January 27 and February 22, 2021, 89 surveys were fully completed (N= 89). Twenty-seven (30.3%) respondents indicated that there was no significant change in their emotional well-being January-March 2020 compared to January-February 2021, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Twenty respondents (21.3%) indicated a positive change in emotional well-being, while forty respondents (44.9%) indicated a negative change in emotional well-being. The results of this study can assist colleges and university counseling services to ensure the positive, emotional and physical well-being of its students through increased campus and online resources.