Retrospective Cohort Study
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World J Psychiatr. Jun 19, 2021; 11(6): 232-241
Published online Jun 19, 2021. doi: 10.5498/wjp.v11.i6.232
COVID-19 impact on high school student’s education and mental health: A cohort survey in China
Zhong-Ren Ma, Wei-Hua Ma, Sakinah Idris, Qiu-Wei Pan, Zulqarnain Baloch
Zhong-Ren Ma, Wei-Hua Ma, Qiu-Wei Pan, Biomedical Research Center, Northwest Minzu University, Lanzhou 730030, Gansu Province, China
Sakinah Idris, Department of Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Batu Caves 68100, Selangor, Malaysia
Zulqarnain Baloch, Center for Molecular Medicine in Yunnan Province, Kunming University of Science and Technology, Kunming 650500, Yunnan Province, China
Author contributions: All authors contributed to the concept of this study; Baloch Z, Pan QW and Ma ZR designed the study; Ma WH and Baloch Z acquired and analyzed data; Baloch Z, Idris S and Pan QW wrote the manuscript; All the authors reviewed and approved the final manuscript.
Institutional review board statement: The Institutional Review Ethical Committee of Northwest Minzu University reviewed and approved the protocol used in this study.
Informed consent statement: Consent was obtained individually from each participant.
Conflict-of-interest statement: All authors declare no competing interests.
Data sharing statement: The datasets generated and analyzed during the current study are not publicly available due to the risk of compromising the individual privacy of participants, but are available from the corresponding author on reasonable request.
STROBE statement: The authors have read the STROBE Statement-checklist of items, and the manuscript was prepared and revised according to the STROBE Statement-checklist of items.
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Corresponding author: Zulqarnain Baloch, PhD, Professor, Center for Molecular Medicine in Yunnan Province, Kunming University of Science and Technology, Wu Jiaying Street, Chenggong District, Kunming 650500, Yunnan Province, China.
Received: December 12, 2020
Peer-review started: December 12, 2020
First decision: January 7, 2021
Revised: January 25, 2021
Accepted: April 26, 2021
Article in press: April 26, 2021
Published online: June 19, 2021
Core Tip

Core Tip: This study evaluated the prevalence of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms and their associated factors as well as the effects and attitudes towards online education in Chinese high school students. We found a high prevalence rate of post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms in high school students. Thus, our results call for urgent attention from both government and schools to implement effective interventions to cope with the psychological effects and the disturbance of education by coronavirus disease 2019 on children.