Youth Attitude and Perception during the COVID-19 contingency in Morelia, Michoacan




Youth Study, Perception Study, Contingency, Covid-19, SARS-CoV-2, Distance Education, Employment Conditions, Consumption Habits, young, pandemic, infection, homes, lockdown


Introduction: The worldwide contingency for Covid-19 disease has caused substantial changes in the lifestyle of the population, modifying consumption habits, and perceptions of individuals. In the case of young people, the pandemic has revealed problems, needs, and challenges related to health, violence, education, and employment.

Method: The objective of this study is to identify the perceptions of the young population aged 16 to 29 years in the city of Morelia, Michoacan, Mexico, during the health contingency of the Covid-19 disease generated by the new coronavirus SarsCov-2. The sample consists of 1386 cases, collected from May to July. The stratified sampling by quotas was used to ensure the representation of the entire young population in the metropolitan area of ​​the municipality. The measurement instrument consists of 48 questions divided into 5 elements: Perception of contingency, Physical and Mental Health, Education, Employment, and Consumption Habits.

Results: In the study, 847 women and 539 men participated, being 61.1% of feminine gender and 38.9% masculine individuals; 84.9% of the participating individuals declared to pass the contingency with family members. The marital status of the participants is 87.7% single, 6.3% married, and 7.9% in concubinage. 20.6% of the respondents declared to be in charge of children, and 18.3% to be in charge of people over 65 years old. 65.9% of the participants declared to stay at home and only leave for specific situations; On the other hand, government official press conferences and social networks, followed by open and pay-tv have been the most used media to be informed.  There is a strong interest in receiving information about Covid-19 and psychological care, as well as receiving consultations and medicines at home, also the main concerns of young people are the family and personal financial aspects. Areas affected by young people highlighted job stability, job opportunities, and are feared that school cycles will not be completed satisfactorily.

Discussion or Conclusion: The main findings of this study are that the young population of the city seeks official information from the Ministry of Health through electronic means, as well as consuming information such as government conferences. In the health section, the youths have declared substantial changes in their physical and mental health, related to confinement and physical distance measures. In the education section, the participants mentioned a decrease interest in academic issues and a considerable increase in the academic load. In the employment section, the youths declared changes in the way of working, using digital tools, reducing time in the workplace. Finally, an increase in frequency and quantity consumed of alcohol, tobacco, coffee, and other psychotropic substances is declared, in addition to the time of browsing on social networks and the Internet.


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Author Biographies

Marco Alberto Valenzo-Jiménez, Universidad Michoacana de San Nicolás de Hidalgo

Faculty of Accounting and Administrative Sciences, Research-Professor of the Universidad Michoacana de San Nicolás de Hidalgo, Morelia, Michoacán, México.

Daniel Adan Lázaro-López, independent scientific researcher

Faculty of Accounting and Administrative Sciences, independent scientific researcher, Morelia, Michoacán, México. 

Jaime Apolinar Martínez-Arroyo, Universidad Michoacana de San Nicolás de Hidalgo

Faculty of Accounting and Administrative Sciences, Research-Professor of the Universidad Michoacana de San Nicolás de Hidalgo, Morelia, Michoacán, México.


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Valenzo-Jiménez, M. A., Lázaro-López, D. A., & Martínez-Arroyo, J. A. (2021). Youth Attitude and Perception during the COVID-19 contingency in Morelia, Michoacan. Nova Scientia, 13(e).



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