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6th International Conference on Education and Multimedia Technology, ICEMT 2022 ; : 350-354, 2022.
Article in English | Scopus | ID: covidwho-2153130


Mental health issues are a serious problem globally and have worsened since the Covid-19 pandemic. School students are experiencing high levels of stress due to the closure of schools. Students have to quickly adapt to online learning with minimal guidance during the early stage of the pandemic. Subsequently, students are allowed to go to school on a rotation basis. Therefore, a conducive home environment with support from parents plays an important role in helping students to cope with the uncertainties during the pandemic. We conducted a cross-sectional survey study where 761 high school students, aged between 13 to 18 years old were recruited in Malaysia. There was 468 female and 293 male students who participated in this study. Students' mental health was measured using the Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire (SDQ) while parental practices were measured using the Alabama Parenting Questionnaire. Parental practices were measured separately for father and mother in terms of positive parenting, involvement, poor monitoring and corporal punishment. Pearson correlation analysis showed that all parental practices were correlated significantly with mental health issues among high school students. However, based on the multiple regression analysis, only paternal poor monitoring, maternal corporal punishment, maternal positive parenting and paternal corporal punishment significantly predicted students' mental health with paternal poor monitoring being the strongest predictor of students' mental health. This study supported the importance of utilizing good parental practices in order to reduce mental health issues among students. © 2022 ACM.

Chinese Public Administration Review ; 12(2):152-159, 2021.
Article in English | Web of Science | ID: covidwho-1615431


Countries across the world responded very differently in their prevention and control of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), and state capacity is likely driving these differences. In this study, we define state capacity in preventing and controlling COVID-19 as the extent to which a state takes rapid intervention measures based on scientific evidence to prevent and control infectious diseases. This case study explores China's experience in terms of pandemic prevention and control, showing that the goal of pandemic prevention and control in the country is a concrete combination of outcome goals and multidimensional process objectives. This research also demonstrates the important role of state capacity in pandemic prevention and control in China by analyzing different ways to quickly achieve accessibility and full coverage of intervention measures for the target population. Finally, we argue that a country's political system is not a decisive factor in pandemic prevention and control. Rather, the historical experience of a country in dealing with similar outbreaks and current state capacity play important roles.