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The pandemic resulted in several significant changes on post-secondary campuses (e.g., campus closures, transition to online learning). To understand the psychological impacts of Covid-19 on post-secondary students, we assessed student mental health before and during the pandemic. Students with mental health concerns prior to the pandemic showed comparatively similar, if not improving, mental health during the pandemic. Students without pre-existing mental health concerns showed declining mental health, which was associated with reports of increased social isolation among these students. Findings underscore that colleges and universities will not only need to continue to support students with preexisting mental health needs but also prioritize early prevention and intervention programming to mitigate the impacts of COVID-19 on students with increasing psychological distress

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This page is a summary of: When social isolation is nothing new: A longitudinal study on psychological distress during COVID-19 among university students with and without preexisting mental health concerns., Canadian Psychology/Psychologie canadienne, February 2021, American Psychological Association (APA), DOI: 10.1037/cap0000255.
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