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Actualidades en Psicología

On-line version ISSN 2215-3535Print version ISSN 0258-6444


PORTELA, Mayda Alejandra  and  MACHADO, Ana Inés. Psychological consequences of social isolation and its link with positive psychological functioning. Act.Psi [online]. 2022, vol.36, n.132, pp.72-87. ISSN 2215-3535.

Objective. Evaluate the psychological effects of social isolation (post-traumatic stress symptoms) associated with the global pandemic situation and the possible association with positive psychological functioning. Method. The design was a cross-sectional study with 440 participants between 18 and 65 years old (M = 35.25) selected through convenience sampling. Sociodemographic, coexistence and occupation data were collected. The information was collected online, between April and July 2020. A descriptive and comparative analysis of the variables was carried out. Results. A relationship between Social Isolation and Post Traumatic Stress Symptoms was observed. Positive psychological functioning was inversely correlated with social isolation and post-traumatic stress symptoms, which are more evident in the middle and older age ranges (36-50 and 51-65). Positive psychological functioning showed higher levels in the 51-65 age group and in participants from the interior of the country. Symptoms of anxiety and depression were greater in young people (18-25 years old), women, city residents, and people living with their parents. These data can inform treatment strategies that attempt to reduce the psychological symptoms of COVID-19 isolation, based on psychological resources.

Keywords : Social isolation; post-traumatic stress symptoms; positive psychological functioning; Covid-19.

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