Psychological Impact on Parents of University Students During COVID-19 Movement Control Order (MCO)

  • Juslina Omar Universiti Malaysia Sarawak
  • Azreen Friddy Universiti Malaysia Sarawak
  • Anne Tasha Serun Universiti Malaysia Sarawak
  • Hemma B. Rayandran Universiti Malaysia Sarawak
  • Julie Reeni Remash Universiti Malaysia Sarawak
  • Julia Natasya Mohd Zuhurin Universiti Malaysia Sarawak
  • Muhammad Nadzirul Syafiq Adruce Universiti Malaysia Sarawak
  • Yegharaj Jayaveeran Universiti Malaysia Sarawak


The Malaysian Government has announced the Movement Control Order (MCO) starting 18th March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic worldwide. This study attempts to assess the level of psychological distress among parents of university students stranded on campus and out campus during MCO; and to identify the stressors causing psychological distress among parents. It is a cross sectional study using an online self-administered questionnaire done at a public university in Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia. Psychological distress was determined by using Kessler’s Psychological Distress Scale (K10). The study has shown significant associations between parents’ psychological distress with three stressors which consist of worrying about their child’s food supply, child’s future, and child’s mental health.


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How to Cite
Omar, J., Friddy, A., Serun, A. T., B. Rayandran, H., Remash, J. R., Mohd Zuhurin, J. N., Adruce , M. N. S., & Jayaveeran, Y. (2021). Psychological Impact on Parents of University Students During COVID-19 Movement Control Order (MCO). Journal of Cognitive Sciences and Human Development, 7(1), 145-156.