FACTORS AFFECTING THE MENTAL HEALTH OF INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS IN MALAYSIA DURING COVID19 PANDEMIC: EVIDENCES FROM UNIVERSITI UTARA MALAYSIA
Research indicates that university and college students, especially international students, are at higher risk of experiencing mental health problems than other populations during the (COVID 1-9) pandemic. This study examines the relationship between four independent variables (loneliness, stress, anxiety, and depression) with the mental health of international students enrolled at Universiti Utara Malaysia during the COVID-19 pandemic. A survey was conducted involving 326 international students from the university and the data was analyzed using the SPSS version 24 for its involving descriptive statistics, ANOVA, and t-test. The result reveals that there is a significant relationship between loneliness, stress, and depression with mental health with the exception of anxiety. Finally, the implication, limitation, recommendation, and conclusion were also discussed.
Keywords: Covid-19, Mental health, loneliness, Anxiety, depression, International students, Malaysia