COVID-19-related variables and its association with anxiety and suicidal ideation: Differences between international and local university students in Taiwan

Daniel Kwasi AHORSU, Iqbal PRAMUKTI, Carol STRONG, Hsiao-Wen WANG, Mark D. GRIFFITHS, Chung-Ying LIN, Nai-Ying KO

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Abstract

Purpose: The present study examined the differences between international and local university students in Taiwan regarding COVID-19-related variables, anxiety, and suicidal ideation. 

Participants and Methods: An online cross-sectional survey (sent via an online link in an email) was carried out comprising university students (n=529). The students were assessed on measures (including validated psychometric instruments) of perceived susceptibility to COVID-19, perceived sufficiency of resources, sources of COVID-19 information, perceived satisfaction with support, anxiety and suicidal ideation. 

Results: Local students had higher susceptibility to COVID-19 (p<0.001) but decreased sufficiency with resources (p<0.001) and anxiety (p<0.001) compared with international students. Staying with family members, satisfaction with support, and information seeking were the factors that predicted anxiety among international students (all p-values<0.05), while information seeking predicted local students’ anxiety (p<0.001). Furthermore, staying with family members, susceptibility to COVID-19, and sufficiency with resources were the factors that predicted suicidal ideation among international students (all p-values<0.05), while being a male and satisfaction with support predicted suicidal ideation among local students (all p-values<0.05). 

Conclusion: International students displayed different COVID-19-related challenges compared with local students. More specifically, international students as compared with local students had lower susceptibility to COVID-19 and higher anxiety. Therefore, healthcare providers should pay more attention to international students’ psychological health and awareness regarding impacts of COVID-19 on health. Copyright © 2021 The Author(s).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1857-1866
JournalPsychology Research and Behavior Management
Volume14
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2021

Citation

Ahorsu, D. K., Pramukti, I., Strong, C., Wang, H. W., Griffiths, M. D., Lin, C. Y., & Ko, N. Y. (2021). COVID-19-related variables and its association with anxiety and suicidal ideation: Differences between international and local university students in Taiwan. Psychology Research and Behavior Management, 14, 1857-1866. doi: 10.2147/PRBM.S333226

Keywords

  • Anxiety
  • COVID-19
  • University students
  • Suicidal ideation
  • Taiwan

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