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Stress Response on Behavioral Response of University Students During the Peak Period of COVID-19


Party Committee teacher work department, Mianyang Normal University, Mianyang, China


Department of General Education, Wuhan Vocational College of Software and Engineering, Wuhan, China


Department of Educational Science, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, China


Department of Psychology, Central China Normal University, Wuhan, China


Huazhong University of Science and the University Hospital, Wuhan, China


Department of Clinical Psychology, Beijing Chao-Yang Hospital, Capital Medical University, Beijing, China

Alpha Psychiatry 2022; 23: 113-120
DOI: 10.5152/alphapsychiatry.2022.21712
Read: 260 Downloads: 128 Published: 12 May 2022

Background: This study aimed to explore the underlying mechanisms of the relationship between stress response and behavioral response and to develop a moderated mediation model with stress management and risk cognition.

Methods: We developed 4 novel questionnaires, namely, stress response questionnaire, behavioral response questionnaire, stress management questionnaire, and risk cognition questionnaire. A total of 5896 university students in China were investigated during the peak period of the coronavirus disease 2019.

Results: The results showed that stress response had a significant negative predictive effect on behavioral response (r = −0.489, P < .001). Moreover, stress management had a partial mediating effect between stress response and behavioral response. Risk cognition plays a moderating effect on the mediation model (β = −0.109, P = .030), and the effect of high-risk cognition is more significant.

Conclusion: During the coronavirus disease 2019 period, improving the risk awareness of university students will help to enhance the buffering effect of stress management on behavioral response and indirectly reduce their behavioral response.

Cite this article as: Ren J, Ren H, Bian Y, et al. Stress response on behavioral response of university students during the peak period of COVID-19. Alpha Psychiatry.2022;23(3):113-120.

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