The Health and Well-Being of Portuguese Military Academy Cadets During the Covid-19 Pandemic
This study aims to analyze the health and well-being of cadets from the Portuguese Military Academy during the outbreak caused by COVID-19, using data from a survey applied to all students who attended the institution in June 2020 and in January 2021.It puts forward the question of whether the health and well-being of future military leaders reveal a pattern of convergence with the remaining students of higher education, or whether they depart from it, in terms of living conditions, workload, levels of stress, mental health, and behaviours during the COVID-19 pandemic.The investigation presents a portrait and the evolution of the cadets and compares it with the known results, identifying similarities and divergences. The data suggest that the measures implemented at the Portuguese Military Academy can be considered successful due to the student’s perception and comparison with other realities. The absence of positive cases of COVID-19 (from March to July 2020), the promotion of some factors inherent to healthy lifestyles, and the maintenance of workload and stress levels are evidence of this.
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