Experiences and Coping Strategies of College Students During the Covid-19 Pandemic

37 Pages Posted: 17 May 2021 Last revised: 14 Sep 2022

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Christine Logel

University of Waterloo - Renison University College

Philip Oreopoulos

University of Toronto - Department of Economics; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER); Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR)

Uros Petronijevic

New York University (NYU) - Department of Economics

Date Written: May 2021

Abstract

An emerging literature documents the many challenges faced by college students during the COVID-19 pandemic. Little is known, however, about how students responded to the adversity. Focusing on two large Canadian universities, we provide some of the first evidence on the coping strategies students reported and the relationships between their endorsement of specific coping strategies and their subsequent well-being. Students focused on compensating for a lack of structure by creating new routines, maintaining social connections, and trying new activities. Conditional on baseline problems indexes, students who initially endorsed social connectedness as a strategy score significantly higher on a comprehensive well-being index five to twelve weeks later.

Suggested Citation

Logel, Christine and Oreopoulos, Philip and Petronijevic, Uros, Experiences and Coping Strategies of College Students During the Covid-19 Pandemic (May 2021). NBER Working Paper No. w28803, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3847548

Christine Logel (Contact Author)

University of Waterloo - Renison University College ( email )

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Philip Oreopoulos

University of Toronto - Department of Economics ( email )

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National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

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Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR)

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Uros Petronijevic

New York University (NYU) - Department of Economics ( email )

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