Stress and Self-Care Behavior among Nursing Students during COVID-19 Pandemic


  • Kesaraporn Choopun Boromarajonanai College of Nursing, Chiangmai
  • Panida Palee Boromarajonani College of Nursing, Chiangmai


During the COVID-19 pandemic, there were reports about increasing mental health risks among nursing students. This survey research aimed to study the levels of stress and self-care behavior among nursing students during COVID-19 pandemic. A relationship between stress and self-care behavior was also identified. The samples were 250 nursing students in one nursing college, recruited by stratified random sampling. The research tools comprise a stress test and a self-care behavior assessment form. Data were collected using Line Application. The reliabilities of research tools were .82 and .81, respectively. Data were analyzed using descriptive statistics and Pearson’s product-moment correlation shows that:

The results revealed that 53.6 % of the samples reported no stress, whereas, 24% reported mild stress level. The moderate and severe stress levels among nursing students were equal (11.2%). Seventy-three-point two percent of the participants reported that they practiced good self-care by social distancing, mask-wearing, and hand washing. There was a negative correlation between stress and self-care practice, r = -.159, p< .05.

The results indicated that high levels of stress decreased self-care behaviors among nursing students. Therefore, institutions should provide counseling clinic and promote mental health literacy for students to cope with stress to promote good self-care behaviors during the Covid-19 pandemic.  


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How to Cite

Choopun, K., & Palee, P. (2022). Stress and Self-Care Behavior among Nursing Students during COVID-19 Pandemic. Journal of Nurses Association of Thailand Northern Office, 28(1), 104–116. Retrieved from



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