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| Published: September 30, 2021

Impact of COVID-19 Outbreak on the Psychological Distress and Achievement Motivation of High School Students

Urmi Chakraborty

Clinical Psychologist, Dept. of Clinical Psychology, Centre of Excellence in Mental Health, Dr. RML Hospital, New Delhi, India Google Scholar More about the auther

, Shruti Chowdhury

Student, M.A. Psychology, IGNOU, New Delhi, India Google Scholar More about the auther

, Bhawna Kaim

Student, M.A. Psychology, IGNOU, New Delhi, India Google Scholar More about the auther

DIP: 18.01.188.20210903

DOI: 10.25215/0903.188

ABSTRACT

This study explores the relationship between psychological distress and achievement motivation among high school students during the COVID-19 outbreak. Additionally, the study examines the role of gender, academic success (through the last exam), socio-economic status, and family type in achievement motivation for the selected group. The study adopted a self-administered online questionnaire using Google forms for data collection (N=103) because of the COVID-19 lockdown. For the study, socio-demographic details of the participants were obtained, followed by administering of Kessler Psychological Distress and Achievement Motivation scales. The study found that the COVID-19 affected the academic performance of 97.2% of the total participants and a positive relationship between psychological distress and achievement motivation. Factors such as family type, family background, and socio-economic status have affected the motivation level in high school students. The more the students are motivated to achieve in academics, the more they are likely to experience psychological distress.

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ISSN 2348-5396

ISSN 2349-3429

18.01.188.20210903

10.25215/0903.188

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Published in   Volume 09, Issue 3, July- September, 2021