Is Mask-Wearing Compliance in High-School Age Students Correlated with Self-Reported Anxiety Symptoms Compared to Students Who Do Not Wear a Mask?
Anxiety is prevalent in high school students in today’s society, especially with the advent of COVID-19. The necessity of protective facial masks in public spaces in order to limit the spread of COVID-19 has led to worldwide facial mask usage. When considering the connection between COVID-19 and anxiety, there is a possibility of increased anxiety symptoms as a result of the discomfort of wearing a protective facial mask; this project examines whether these anxiety symptoms have an effect on facial mask compliance rates in high school students. Correlational research through surveys will reveal whether anxiety symptoms affect protective facial mask compliance rates.
The AAR program is a unique opportunity for Palo Alto Unified School District students, in grades 10-12, to engage in original research in an area of their choosing. Students are paired with mentors who are experts in the field of the student's choosing.
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