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Academic Procrastination As A Challenge For Students’ Mental Health In The Context Of Distance Learning And The Virtual World During The Covid-19 Pandemic


Olesia Stoliarchuk, Svitlana Khrypko, Dobrodum Olga, Olena Ishchuk, Olena Kokhanova, Olena Sorokina, Karina Salata


Vol. 22  No. 3  pp. 276-284


The research aims to study the dynamics of academic procrastination and its impact on the mental health of students during the transition to distance learning during the COVID-19 pandemic. At the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, it was identified a declining tendency of overall rates of academic procrastination and at the same time increase in the number of carriers of mid and high levels of academic procrastination. The decline in the general rates of academic procrastination at the beginning of 2021 testifies to the adaptation processes experienced by students to the conditions of distance learning. It was documented that students’ academic procrastination is accompanied by a steady negative emotional tension. During the transition to distance learning, the intensity of students’ learning activity has increased, which altogether causes stress as one of the main reasons for the academic procrastination among future psychologists. The study identified a risk of academic procrastination manifestation among students for their mental health, which provides a basis for developing and testing a program to prevent the phenomenon of academic procrastination among degree-seeking students.


procrastination, academic procrastination, mental health, students, distance learning, social media, virtual identity.