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In this research the authors surveyed a university population to determine the impact COVID-19 has had on substance use and mental health. Current research provides significant data indicating worsening mental health and substance use. This paper looks at how applicable those trends are to a small, private university in Indianapolis, Indiana. The data included 261 respondents composed of students, faculty, and staff of the university. The results reveal college students, faculty, and staff experienced statistically significant increases in feelings of unhappiness, depression, loneliness, hopelessness, agitation, and irritability during the pandemic compared to pre-pandemic. Data analysis of survey responses reveals COVID-19 had a negative impact on mental health and substance use and decreased the frequency of sharing e-cigarette devices.
Coffman, Georgia, "The Effect Of COVID-19 On Substance Use And Mental Health On A College Campus" (2022). Undergraduate Honors Thesis Collection. 613.