2021 Student Research Conference:
34th Annual Student Research Conference

The Relationship of Online Learning and Mental Health


Kaitlyn Springate
Dr. Katherine Judd, Faculty Mentor

Previous research has shown a relationship between online learning and higher anxiety as well as lower satisfaction. The COVID-19 pandemic has forced many classes to be moved online that would not normally be delivered in this fashion. In the present study, the relationship between online learning and mental health was explored. We hypothesized that participants with more online credit hours, asynchronous online credit hours, and unplanned online credit hours would score higher on mental health scales. Participants answered various questions regarding their online classes. Participants then reported their level of anxiety using the GAD-7 scale and their level of depression using the PHQ-8. There was no main effect for the amount of online credit hours or asynchronous online credit hours; however, a significant main effect for unplanned online credit hours was found. This indicates that it could be harmful to students' mental health to take more classes online than they initially anticipated. Further research may benefit from a larger, more diverse sample size.

Keywords: Online Learning, Mental Health, COVID-19, anxiety, depression

Topic(s):Psychology
Statistics

Presentation Type: Asynchronous Virtual Oral Presentation

Session: 18-3
Location: https://flipgrid.com/fc0c5b54
Time: 0:00

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