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Background: The COVID-19 pandemic has spread rapidly around the world and has caused a considerable psychological effects, particularly stress. .
Objectives: Aimed to identify the factors associated with stress due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Methods: A cross-sectional analytical study was conducted using the convenience sampling technique to recruit 699 undergraduates of Faculty of Public Health and Allied Health Sciences, Praboromarajchanok Institute. Data were analyzed by descriptive statistics and multiple logistic regression models (with 95% CI) were administered to determine the possible associated factors to stress.
Results: The findings revealed that most students were female (85.26%) and the average age was 20.64 ± 1.74 years. The stress due to COVID-19 was mainly reported as a mild stress (61.52%). The factors associated with stress due to COVID-19 pandemic included; risk perception reported at a moderate and low level (ORadj 1.56, p=.014, 95%CI [1.10, 2.23], and ORadj 1.83, p=.010, 95%CI [1.15, 2.90], respectively) and protective behavior reported at a moderate and low level (ORadj 1.19, p=.003, 95%CI [1.08, 1.77], and ORadj 2.14, p=.001, 95%CI [1.37, 3.35], respectively)
Conclusions: The college should have measures in place to protect students who have stress presented at moderate and high levels. The stimulation of awareness, positive health behavior and behavior change should be rapidly undertaken.
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