Effect of Interactive Digital-based Psychoeducational Intervention about COVID-19 on Knowledge, Fear, and Anxiety among Secondary School StudentsAuthor(s): Naglaa Kamel AbdAllh Hussien*, Rodaina Ahmed Mokbel, Samiha Hamdi Sayed and Sabah H. El-Amrosy
Aim: Investigate the Effect of Interactive Digital-based Psychoeducational Intervention about COVID-19 on Knowledge, Fear, and Anxiety among Secondary School Students..
Background: The novel COVID-19 pandemic creates a horrible state of social restriction that can foster fear, anxiety, and misinformation.
Material and methods: A Quasi-experimental study was used to collect data among secondary schools at Damanhour city/Egypt. A convenient sample of 200 secondary school students was enrolled. An online self-administered questionnaire sheet composed of sociodemographic data, COVID-19 Knowledge Scale, COVID-19 Fear Scale and COVID-19 Anxiety Scale.
Results: The mean of the total knowledge score significantly increased to 10.35 ± 1.60 after the intervention (F=1481.40, p<0.001). However, the mean of both the total COVID-19 fear and anxiety scores significantly decreased after intervention (16.81+5.34, 4.45+4.43) respectively. ANCOVA results showed a significant improvement as the effect size showed that 93.7%. 90.9% and 50.5% of the difference between pre-post test score are due to intervention, respectively.
Conclusion: The interactive digital-based Psychoeducational intervention was effective in improving knowledge and decreasing fear and anxiety regarding COVID-19 among secondary school students.
Recommendations: Expanding the psychoeducational intervention application to the whole community via multimedia.