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Two years COVID-19 pandemic: Development of university students‘ mental health 2020–2022

Universität Leipzig; Evangelische Hochschule Dresden

  • Disziplin: Sozial, Gesundheit, Psychologie
  • Forschungsmethode: Quantitativ
  • Forschungsdesign: Primärerhebung, Offene Befragung (selbstselektiert)
  • Erhebungsstatus: Open-Access-Publikation, Erhebung abgeschlossen, Ergebnisse veröffentlicht, Daten zugänglich

Ziele der Studie

The current study investigates the mental health status of students by drawing on two previous studies. It seeks to investigate differences in the mental health status across three time points. The goal is to find out if the negative impact of the pandemic on university students persists even after lockdown measures were lifted.


A cross-sectional, anonymous online survey among students of six universities was conducted between April and May 2022 (N = 5,510). Symptoms of depression, anxiety, hazardous alcohol use and eating disorders as well as social and emotional variables were assessed utilizing standardized instruments. Risk- and protective factors for severity of depressive and anxiety symptoms were investigated using multiple regression models. Differences in e.g., symptoms of depression across three time points were assessed with one-way analysis of variance.


The raw data supporting the conclusions of this article will be made available by the authors, without undue reservation.