Effect Of COVID-19 on The Mental Health of Young Adults in India


  • Yavana Rani Subramanian CMS Business School, Jain University, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India
  • Vipul Sharma CMS Business School, Jain University, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India




COVID-19, Coronavirus, Mental Health, Young Adults, Mental Health in India


Background: COVID-19 pandemic is devasting for human health. Apart from physical health COVID-19 has affected mental health also. This study examines how COVID-19 pandemic has affected the mental health especially in young adults in India.

Methods: A one-time Online Questionnaire Survey was completed between the age of 18 to 30 years and form was randomly circulated across India (with the help of friends and family).

Results: Overall, three-fourth of participants were worried about the COVID-19 pandemic where female had more fear, sadness and nightmares than male. Also, mental health is stigma in our society.

Conclusion: Findings highlight the impact of COVID-19 on the mental health of young adults in India.


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Yavana Rani Subramanian, & Vipul Sharma. (2021). Effect Of COVID-19 on The Mental Health of Young Adults in India. Asia-Pacific Journal of Management and Technology (AJMT), 2(3), 17-25. https://doi.org/10.46977/apjmt.2022v02i03.003