Fear of COVID-19 lead to procrastination among Turkish university students: the mediating role of intolerance of uncertainty

Doğanülkü, H.A., Korkmaz, O., Griffiths, M.D. ORCID: 0000-0001-8880-6524 and Pakpour, A.H., 2021. Fear of COVID-19 lead to procrastination among Turkish university students: the mediating role of intolerance of uncertainty. BMC Psychology, 9: 178. ISSN 2050-7283

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Abstract

Background: The COVID-19 outbreak has not only increased mortality but has also negatively affected mental health among populations across the world. Furthermore, individuals are experiencing uncertainty about their current and future situation because of the pandemic. Therefore, the present study investigated the mediating role of intolerance of uncertainty in the relationship between fear of COVID-19 and procrastination among a sample of Turkish university students.

Methods: Between October and November 2020, 450 university students (291 females and 159 males aged 17 to 24 years) from three state universities in Turkey completed an online survey. Correlation analysis and structural equation modeling methods were employed to examine a model for understanding the general procrastination during COVID-19 pandemic.

Results: The results of the correlation analysis indicated that the fear of COVID-19 was positively correlated with both intolerance of uncertainty (r = .26, p < .001) and procrastination (r = .23, p < .001). The mediation analysis also showed that intolerance of uncertainty had a significant mediating role in the relationship between fear of COVID-19 and procrastination (β = .11, p < .001).

Conclusion: Reducing the fear of COVID-19 and intolerance of uncertainty is likely to contribute to reducing individuals’ procrastination behaviors during the pandemic.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: BMC Psychology
Creators: Doğanülkü, H.A., Korkmaz, O., Griffiths, M.D. and Pakpour, A.H.
Publisher: Springer Science and Business Media LLC
Date: 10 November 2021
Volume: 9
ISSN: 2050-7283
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10.1186/s40359-021-00681-9DOI
1492285Other
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Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Record created by: Lee Houghton
Date Added: 15 Nov 2021 15:40
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2021 15:40
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/44788

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