By Florence Sordes, Enzo Cipriani, Cassandra Guillemot, Aurélie Croiset, University Toulouse Jean Jaurès, France.
The COVID 19 pandemic has produced an unprecedented fact: threatened by this virus, life has suddenly become the most precious asset that everyone is trying to protect and conserve. Confinement, a health measure adopted by the government, has placed the individual at the heart of a paradox associating health protection with the deprivation of liberty. This pandemic and the associated containment can be traumatic. This is exactly what we want to show in the students. How this unprecedented moment was experienced by the students, a population moreover more vulnerable because of the uncertainties about the future, whether university, professional or even family.
943 students, including 782 students and 148 students, with an average age of 23 years, answered an online protocol of 282 questions: socio-biographical characteristics, place of confinement, exposure to COVID-19, socio-professional category, university life, addictive behaviors, current behaviors and feelings vis-à-vis the recommendations issued by the government, representations of the epidemic and confinement, trait anxiety, psychological distress, social isolation, emotional regulation, acute and post-traumatic stress. If this protocol offers three completion times (during confinement, at deconfinement, 3 or 4 months later), we will only discuss here the results during confinement.
To give just a few results: 678 students are confined to the Occitanie region. 62.7% of them had lived in confinement with their parents. 56.7% consider that they work less for their studies, but also say they are worried about the continuity of their studies, the success of the year, their professional project. They are also very strongly in agreement with the barrier gestures.
While scholarship status, distance in kilometers from parents, teleworking or being off work do not affect psychological distress, lack of financial resources, working while studying, having a risky job. exposure, job loss, not knowing whether compensation will be maintained have an effect on this distress.
In addition, open questions made it possible to collect both the changes perceived in daily life and the feelings about the pandemic. Content analysis will provide a better insight into their feelings.
Thus, the very numerous results will allow us to take a photograph of this moment of confinement, perceived by a large part of the students as a moment of less interaction but also as a worrying moment.