Date of Award
Doctoral Research Project
Doctor of Psychology (PsyD)
The emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic has presented the global population with a considerable stressor resulting in significant loss of life, impaired health, disrupted social practices, and economic atrophy. While many have been impacted and are currently being studied, a population less frequently considered in the literature is that of online college students. Previous research has indicated the influence of several factors on college students’ well-being when coping with stress under typical circumstances such as coping strategies (e.g., problem-focused, emotion-focused, and avoidant/dysfunctional), experiential avoidance, and social support. Studies performed in the wake of large-scale crises highlight proximity to the crisis as another variable associated with student coping and well-being. The present study aimed to test these determinants of student coping and well-being in light of the present pandemic by examining online students’ exposure to COVID-19, coping strategies, experiential avoidance, and social support as predictors of distress and/or well-being. Results indicated partial support for COVID-19 exposure predicting distress as well as resounding support for experiential avoidance and dysfunctional coping strategies predicting distress. Problem-focused coping, emotion-focused coping, and social support failed to emerge as significant predictors of students’ distress or well-being.
Coble, Ellen Catherine, "Student Well-being in the Time of COVID: Survey of Online Students’ Coping" (2021). Theses and Dissertations. 254.