Dataset thermal comfort, stress perceived and anxiety in university students under confinement for COVID 19 in a region hot and humidity of Mexico

Published: 13 December 2021| Version 2 | DOI: 10.17632/hp7knm4zp9.2
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The COVID-19 disease has become a public health emergency of international concern, affecting all areas of individual development. Likewise, considering home confinement, environmental conditions become a factor that should be considered as a mediator in the behavior and health of the individual. This dataset contains data for the estimation of thermal comfort levels (thermal and humidity) and mental health (stress perceived and anxiety) in a sample of university students in the South of Mexico, with ages between 18 and 43 years old and an average of 20. 67 years old, in different physical conditions under COVID - 19 confinement and residing in different types of housing, the data were collected through a web platform (Microsoft Forms), where anonymous users answered each question, then the information was processed obtaining 316 records (172 females and 144 male) and 2 independent sets, the first set refers to thermal comfort and the second set to mental health, the first set refers to thermal comfort and the second set to mental health, the second set refers to thermal comfort and humidity. and the second set refers to mental health, respectively. The surveys were generated and analyzed based on the scales suggested by the original authors of the instruments. by the original authors of the instruments. These are described continuum: • A questionnaire of personal information (to obtain the sociodemographic information, school data, Internet connection, and health characteristics). (Own elaboration). • Adaptation of the Questionnaire of Indoor Thermal Environments: Where questions were asked about the environment where they were located, information about their clothing, perception of the environment, and the scales of thermal sensation and humidity. • The Scale of Stress Perceived of Cohen (PSS-14), that measures the degree to which life situations are perceived as stressful. This consists of seven are worded negative (1, 2, 3, 8, 11, 12, and 14), and the remaining seven are positive (4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, and 13). Each item was rated on a five-point Likert-type scale (0 = never to 4 = very often). Total scores are calculated after reversing positive items' scores and then summing up all scores. Possible total scores for PSS-14 range from 0 to 56. A higher score indicates greater stress. • Beck Anxiety Inventory (BAI). It consists of 21 items that evaluate symptoms of anxiety on a four-point Likert scale ranging from 0 = “not at all” to 3 = “severely.” The anxiety level was scored using ordinal categories: normal (0–7 points), mild (8–15), moderate (16–25) and severe (26–63).

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Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, Universidad Veracruzana

Categories

Psychology, University, Thermal Comfort

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