The Impact of COVID-19 on the Mental Health Symptomatology of a General College Student Sample
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The Impact of COVID-19 on the Mental Health Symptomatology of a General College Student Sample

Researcher(s): Rafael Lee Castro Jr. & Neda Moinolmolki
Primary Investigator (PI): Rafael Lee Castro Jr.
PI Phone: (475-202-2699)
PI email: rlcastro@albertus.edu
Status of PI: Traditional Undergraduate Student  

Faculty Sponsor: Neda Moinolmolki
Faculty Sponsor’s Status: Assistant Professor of Psychology
Faculty Sponsor Phone: (516)244-3315
Faculty Sponsor Email: nmoinolmolki@albertus.edu

Introduction: You are being asked to participate in a student research study being conducted by Rafael Lee Castro Jr., a  Psychology undergraduate at Albertus Magnus College, under the supervision of Assistant Professor of Psychology,  Neda Moinolmolki. You have been approached to participate in this study because you are a current college student and are 18 years of age or older.

Purpose: The goal of this project is to assess how college students are coping, psychologically, since the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Procedures: Participation involves the completion of an anonymous virtual survey (via google forms) that includes questions on your mental health symptomatology, specifically depressive and bipolar symptoms, since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. If you are currently suffering from severe depressive/bipolar symptoms, and feel that answering the questionnaire may exacerbate these symptoms, then please stop here. Moreover, if you are feeling distressed about the COVID-19 pandemic and feel that answering the questionnaire may exacerbate these feelings, then please feel free to stop here.

The study will take approximately 25 minutes to complete. We want to emphasize that if you feel distressed while answering the questionnaire and do not want to continue, then please do not hesitate to stop answering it, no matter how far through it you may be. If you would like to talk to someone about your current distress or symptomatology, you may contact one of the support services listed below:

Your College’s Counseling Center (for Albertus Magnus College Students: (203)773-8149)

The National Alliance on Mental Illness Helpline: 1-800-950-6264,

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255

Risks/Benefits: There are no direct benefits to you from participation, but your willingness to share your knowledge and experiences will contribute to scholars’ understanding of college students’ mental health since the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic. The risks associated with participation in this study are minimal; however, there is a small chance that distress may emerge in response to some survey items, such as those pertaining to depressive/manic symptoms.If you would like to talk to someone about your reactions to this survey, you may reach out to the researcher (nmoinolmolki@albertus.edu) or contact one of the support services listed below:

Your College’s Counseling Center (for Albertus Magnus College Students: (203)773-8149)
The National Alliance on Mental Illness Helpline: 1-800-950-6264,
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255.

Confidentiality: Personal identifying information will not be gathered during this research project, so participants will be anonymous to the researcher. All information collected during the project will be stored on a password-protected computer. Once all anonymous responses have been collected, the data will be transferred to a statistical database for analysis. The database will be stored on a password-protected computer. Your data will be handled as confidentially as possible. If the results of this study are published or presented, personally identifiable information will not be used.

Voluntary Participation: Your participation in this study is entirely voluntary. Even if you decide to participate, you may withdraw from the study without penalty at any time during or after the study. You may have the results of your participation, to the extent that they can be identified, returned to you, removed from the research records, or destroyed.

Contacts and Questions: If you have any questions about this research project, feel free to contact Rafael Lee Castro Jr. at rlcastro@albertus.edu or Neda Moinolmolki at nmoinolmolki@albertus.edu.

 By clicking I AGREE below, you agree to participate in this research study. Additionally, you agree that you are at least 18 years old, you identify as a college student, that the research has been fully explained, that you have no questions, and that you freely and voluntarily choose to participate in this project.  

THIS PROJECT HAS BEEN REVIEWED BY THE INSTITUTIONAL REVIEW BOARD FOR THE PROTECTION OF HUMAN PARTICIPANTS AT ALBERTUS MAGNUS COLLEGE

Institutional Review Board
Albertus Magnus College
700 Prospect Street
New Haven, CT 06511
IRB Administrator Email: IRB@albertus.edu
By clicking I AGREE, you give your consent to participate in this study: *
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