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RMJ. 2021; 46(2): 253-256

Perceived stress and its association with different factors during the novel Corona virus 2019

Aqsa Asif, Rimsha Basharat, Fouzia Batool, Shehnaz Mehjoor.


Objective: To find the frequency of stress among gender and to find the association of stress with different factors i.e. city, marital status, occupation, socioeconomic status, body mass index and sleep duration.
Methodology: This was an analytical cross-sectional study with a sample size of 553 respondents that was collected through non-probability convenient sampling. Both gender of aged 18-30 years were included in the study. The study was conducted online. Google forms were created and shared among the citizens of Islamabad and Rawalpindi. Frequency of stress among population was measured through Perceived Stress Scale (PSS-10) and self-structured questionnaire was made that includes some variables such as BMI, sleep duration, occupation etc. Data was analyzed using SPSS version 21.
Results: Out of 553 participants, 343(62%) were female and 210(38%) male. Mean age was 22.42±2.91 years. Mean of PSS score was 19.16±5.8. Most had moderate level of stress. There was an association of stress with gender (p0.005).
Conclusion: Most of the participants had moderate level of stress which was more on in females. There was an association of stress with gender while no association was found with BMI, sleep duration and occupation.

Key words: Covid-19, stress, body mass index.

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