Perceived academic challenges of Jewish and Arab undergraduates during the first wave of COVID-19

Akhlas Ismail, Miriam Schiff, Ruth Pat-Horenczyk, Rami Benbenishty

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Abstract

This study examined differences between Arab and Jewish undergraduate students in their perceived academic challenges, COVID-19-related concerns, perceived social support and trust in the university and the government. It also examined factors associated with perceived academic challenges and the moderating role of trust in the university in the associations between COVID-19-related concerns and perceived academic challenges. The sample consisted of 2751 students: 2291 (83%) Jewish, 398 (15%) Arab and 61 (2%) ‘other’. Arab students reported higher COVID-19-related concerns and perceived academic challenges, and lower levels of perceived social support and trust in university and government than did Jewish students. Both Jewish and Arab students identified COVID-19-related concerns as a stress-vulnerability factor for perceived academic challenges, whereas perceived social support and trust in the university were identified as resources for perceived academic challenges. No support was found for the role of trust in government in the face of perceived academic challenges nor for the moderating role of trust in the university in the associations between COVID-19-related concerns and perceived academic challenges. In conclusion, the need of Arab students for emotional and academic support needs to be acknowledged as part of the efforts to promote academic success during the pandemic.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)7-15
Number of pages9
JournalInternational Journal of Psychology
Volume58
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 2023
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • Arab students
  • COVID-19
  • Ethnic minority
  • Perceived academic challenges
  • University student

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