The Relationship between Fear of COVID-19 and Sleeping Disorder in Higher Education: Mediator Effect of Psychological Resilience

Volume7-Special Issue-December 2022
Okan Bilgin İbrahim Taş
Pages: 429-439 Download Count : 517 View Count: 657 DOI Number 10.24331/ijere.1175865 Facebook Share on Google+ Save to Zotero Save to Mendeley


COVID-19, which is a new type of coronavirus and turned into a pandemic in a short time, has affected the whole world and caused many different psychological problems, especially fear, anxiety and sleeping disorder, in individuals. The psychological symptoms caused by COVID-19 negatively affect individuals of all ages. One of the groups in which these negative effects are seen is higher education students. In terms of coping with these problems, it is crucial to determine the protective factors. It is thought that one of the protective factors for mental health is psychological resilience, which is one of the important concepts of positive psychology. The aim of this study is to test the mediating effect of psychological resilience in the relationship between fear of COVID-19 and sleep disorders in higher education. The study group consists of 322 individuals, 220 (76.3%) women and 102 (31.7%) men in Zonguldak province of Turkey. The data were collected online with Personal Information Form, Fear of COVID-19 Scale, The Brief Resilience Scale and Sleep Disorders Scale. Pearson Correlation Analysis and Hayes’ PROCESS Model based on Bootstrapping method were used in data analysis. According to analysis results, a positive association was found between the fear of COVID-19 and sleep disorders, while a negative association was found between psychological resilience, fear of COVID-19 and sleep disorders. It was also found that psychological resilience partially mediated the relationship between fear of COVID-19 and sleep disorders. The results obtained were discussed in the light of literature and recommendations were made.


  • Fear of Covid 19
  • psychological resilience
  • sleep disorders
  • mediating role
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