Submit manuscript...

Research Article

Effect of COVID 19 crisis on mental health among young people between 18-35 years in Kenya

Authors: Ogweno Stephen,1,2 Oduor Kevin,2,3 Redempta Mutisya,3 Otieno Bonface4


Introduction: In the height of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, the Ministry of Health in Kenya putting in place stringent COVID-19 guidelines to curb the spread of this disease including lockdowns and restrictions to public gatherings disrupting the normal communications, activities and engagements that the young people usually had prior to
the pandemic. The COVID-19 crisis also led to an economic downturn further negatively affecting young people. This purpose of this study was to therefore analyze the effect of COVID-19 crisis on mental health among young people between the ages of 18-35 years in Kenya.
Methods: Cross-sectional research was carried out in Nairobi Kenya where youth aged 18 to 35 years responded to an online survey. A total of 272 participants completed the questionnaire which included a biodata section and a section aimed at measuring depression using the standardized self-reporting Depression Analysis Tool- PHQ9 and measure resilience using the standardized The Brief Resilience Scale (BRS) and Brief Resilient Coping Scale (BRCS).
Results: The findings from the study indicated that COVID-19 contributed to the rising mental health challenges in young people during the pandemic period. In terms of depression, the study found out that that up to 65.9% of the respondents reported having severe to mild depression with the male having more reported depression than their female counterparts. The study also showed that about 61.6% of participants had normal resilience but a significant 29.5% had low resilience in coping with the disrupted state caused by the COVID -19 crisis. The research also found out that just over half of the young people (55.3%) were able to cope with the existing challenges from the pandemic.
Conclusions and recommendations: The study demonstrated a strong correlation between the aftermath of the COVID-19 crisis and its effect on mental health of young people. Therefore, the study recommends the development, strengthening and implementation of a mental health preparedness and response strategy for future pandemics and crisis situations.

View PDF | View Full-Text


  • Hematology and Transfusion International Journal has an efficient reviewing process and proofs are generated of very good quality facilitating timely publications.

    Denise E Jackson, Australia

  • I highly recommend Advances in Ophthalmology & Visual System. This quality peer-reviewed online journal is staffed with industry leaders in ophthalmology that are knowledgeable and skilled in representing what is current in the eye care field.

    Jason Schmit, USA

  • Advances in Plants & Agriculture research is a dynamic journal with cutting edge scientific information. They offer an excellent service and opportunity to show novel high quality research issues from many different countries.

    Marcelo Huarte, Argentina

  • First and Foremost, the Ebook cover looks very good in Complementary and Alternative Medicine.

    Robelyn Garcia, USA

  • Complementary and Alternative Medicine guys have done a great job getting this book out as a galley proof.

    David Harshfield , USA

  • As for the e-book, the formatting you performed is very nice.

    Sanjive Qazi, USA

  • I am very happy with your International Robotics & Automation Journal. The quality and speed of publication are great.

    Peter Lohmander, Sweden

  • Congratulations to our journal for obtaining a good index in the well known repositories! I really appreciate the hard work you are doing for our journal to make it so successful know. I cannot believe International Journal of Avian & Wildlife Biology will grow so fast without your effort.

    Qi Chen, USA

  • I always admire the wonderful job that you have done for the Advances in Plants & Agriculture Research Journal. Your enthusiasm and endless energy putting on this journal is remarkable and greatly appreciated.

    Mohammad Pessarakli, USA

  • My overall evaluation about the work, quality and service of Journal of Analytical & Pharmaceutical Research, is excellent. The mechanism of the manuscript handling is really fast with immediate decision and the staff is always kind and readily available to help.

    Marcellin Ndoe Guiaro, Cameroon

  • International Journal of Vaccines & Vaccination is great about work, quality, service and following up.

    Mohammad Salehi, Iran

  • "MOJ Immunology enhances access to medicine for those in developing countries by publishing immunology information on line where anyone can digest it!"

    Jim Mulry, USA

  • MOJCE has a great potential to compete with others and the service of the staff is very good for authors.

    Ahmed A Ibrahim, USA

  • Your had been making a fantastic work in the several publications, the time in send us the different comments of the reviewers is fantastic, really, is a excellent work.

    Norma Rangel Vazquez, Mexico

  • The MOJ Proteomics and Bioinformatics is becoming a reputed Bioinformatics Journal. The turnaround is fast and the Editorial assistants are friendly and professional. I am looking forward to seeing the published articles in MOJPB cited in PubMed in the future

    Ramaswamy Narayanan, USA

  • As a cosmetic & reconstructive gynecologist, I always read the Obstetrics & Gynecology International Journal to keep up with the latest updates in our specialty. I have found its depth and scope invaluable in supporting my work and research

    Amr Seifeldin , Egypt

  • I have collaborated with AOVS over the last 2 years. Their professional and courteous approach made the whole process simple and enjoyable. I am very proud to have my work published in this journal.

    Alastair Stuart, London

  • I checked for the book in your MedCrave site and I am very glad with the result. The text is very well presented. Thanks again and keep up the excellent work.

    Hisham Gad , France

  • Hematology & Transfusion International Journal is doing an excellent job with publishing excellent research articles in hematology and oncology. Also it is good about the organization, is efficient and timely publishing

    Mohammad Muhsin Chisti, USA

  • You will find in this journal valuable and original articles to keep pace with current research in Nutritional Health & Food Engineering.

    George Grant, Canada

  • You are always cordial and willing to help researchers in presenting their scientific contributions with ease and accuracy.

    Wael Noseir, Egypt

Read more

Published Articles

2 4 9 0 4

Published eBooks

7 8

Rejected Articles

2 0 4 5

Join our Readers

2 4 2 0 1



Plagiarism checking


Similarity Check

Crossref Similarity Check logo


DORA logo


Crossref Cited-by logo


Crossref Cited-by logo


MedCrave journals providing ORCiD id to all accepted manuscripts

Click here