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Title: The Psychological Consequences of COVID-19 and Lockdown in the Spanish Population: An Exploratory Sequential Design
Author: Hidalgo, María Dolores
Balluerka Lasa, Nekane
Gorostiaga, Arantxa
Espada Sánchez, José Pedro
Santed, Miguel Ángel
Padilla, José Luis
Gómez Benito, Juana
Keywords: COVID-19
Confinament (Emergència sanitària)
Aspectes psicològics
Investigació amb mètodes mixtos
Confinement (Sanitary emergency)
Psychological aspects
Pathological psychology
Mixed methods research
Issue Date: 19-Nov-2020
Publisher: MDPI
Abstract: The objectives of this study were to analyze the psychological impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and the lockdown in the Spanish population and to identify what population profiles were most affected. The study used a sequential exploratory design. In the qualitative phase, 40 participants were recruited based on theoretically relevant criteria and the saturation of the information provided by the interviews. In the quantitative phase, a large representative sample was applied. The universe considered was the adult population of Spain. A total of 6789 surveys were conducted. Both the analysis of the narratives of the interviews and the responses to the panel survey showed relevant changes in attitudes and mood swings compared to the period prior to lockdown. These changes include dysphoric moods (i.e., experiences of distress such as sadness/depression, anxiety, rage, feeling of unreality, worry, etc.) and also some euphoric moods (i.e., feelings of well-being, happiness, etc.). A higher number of women were affected than men and a greater increase was observed in younger people. The findings of the study may serve as a basis for detecting needs and providing psychological support, as the symptoms detected as the most common are key for the processes of screening at-risk individuals.
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It is part of: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 2020, vol. 17, num. 22, p. 8578
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ISSN: 1661-7827
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