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TitleProtective elements of mental health status during the COVID-19 outbreak in the Portuguese population
Author(s)Silva Moreira, Pedro
Ferreira, Sónia
Couto, Beatriz
Machado-Sousa, Mafalda
Fernández, Marcos
Raposo-Lima, Catarina
Sousa, Nuno
Picó-Pérez, Maria
Morgado, Pedro
Keywordspsychological
pandemic
isolation
Portugal
SARS-CoV-2
COVID-19
coronavirus
Issue date2021
PublisherMultidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute
JournalInternational Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
CitationSilva Moreira, P.; Ferreira, S.; Couto, B.; Machado-Sousa, M.; Fernández, M.; Raposo-Lima, C.; Sousa, N.; Picó-Pérez, M.; Morgado, P. Protective Elements of Mental Health Status during the COVID-19 Outbreak in the Portuguese Population. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18, 1910. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18041910
Abstract(s)The outbreak of COVID-19 might produce dramatic psychological effects on individuals’ lives. In this study, we aimed to explore the elements that may reduce the negative effects on mental health of the quarantine period imposed by most governments during this worldwide crisis. We conducted an online survey to evaluate demographic, lifestyle and mental health variables in a sample of 1280 Portuguese individuals (79.8% females) with an average age of 37 years. We observed that factors related to living conditions, maintaining work either online or in the workplace, frequency of exercise and absence of previous psychological or physic disorders are protective features of psychological well-being (anxiety, depression, stress and obsessive-compulsive symptoms). Finally, the individuals previously receiving psychotherapeutic support exhibited better psychological indicators if they did not interrupt the process as a consequence of the outbreak. Our results indicate that the practice of physical exercise, reduced consumption of COVID-19 information and the implementation of remote mental healthcare measures might prevent larger impacts on mental health during the COVID-19 outbreak.
TypeArticle
URIhttps://hdl.handle.net/1822/72228
DOI10.3390/ijerph18041910
ISSN1661-7827
e-ISSN1660-4601
Publisher versionhttps://www.mdpi.com/1660-4601/18/4/1910
Peer-Reviewedyes
AccessOpen access
Appears in Collections:ICVS - Artigos em revistas internacionais / Papers in international journals

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