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While many report a return to normalcy, and the end of the COVID-19 pandemic, particular groups of students may still report prolonged impact. This study investigated potential psychological responses to the pandemic, including ambiguous loss and post-traumatic growth among college students. Overall, a sense of loss was strongly associated with current changes in behavior. Further, a relationship was found among post-traumatic growth and current COVID impact among first-generation college students, but not among non-first gen students.

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Why is it important?

Instructors and administrators at institutions of higher education should be aware that although there may be a desire to end pandemic restrictions, students may continue to experience anxieties, behavioral changes, or new perspectives as the result of the pandemic.

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This page is a summary of: Psychological reactions to COVID-19: Ambiguous loss, posttraumatic growth, and coronavirus impact among college students., Psychological Trauma Theory Research Practice and Policy, May 2023, American Psychological Association (APA),
DOI: 10.1037/tra0001508.
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