Social inequities in the impact of COVID-19 lockdown measures on the mental health of a large sample of the Colombian population (PSY-COVID study)

Juan P. Sanabria-Mazo, Bernardo Useche-Aldana, Pedro P. Ochoa, Diego F. Rojas-Gualdrón, Corel Mateo-Canedo, Meritxell Carmona-Cervelló, Neus Crespo-Puig, Clara Selva-Olid, Anna Muro, Jorge L. Méndez-Ulrich, Albert Feliu-Soler, Juan V. Luciano, Antoni Sanz

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Abstract

The identification of general population groups particularly vulnerable to the impact of COVID-19 lockdown measures on mental health and the development of healthcare policies are priority challenges in the current and future pandemics. This study aimed to identify the personal and social determinants of the impact of COVID-19 lockdown measures on mental health in a large sample of the Colombian population. In this cross-sectional study, an anonymous online survey was answered by 18,061 participants from the general population residing in Colombia during the first wave of the COVID-19 outbreak (from 20 May to 20 June 2020). The risk of depression, anxiety, and somatization disorders were measured using the Patient Health Questionnaire (PHQ-2), Generalized Anxiety Disorder Scale (GAD-2), and Somatic Symptom Questionnaire (SSQ-5), respectively. Overall, 35% of participants showed risk of depression, 29% of anxiety, and 31% of somatization. According to the analysis of social determinants of health, the most affected groups were people with low incomes, students, and young adults (18–29 years). Specifically, low-income young females were the most at-risk population group. These findings show how the lockdown measures affected the general population’s mental health in Colombia and highlight some social risk factors in health.

Original languageEnglish
Article number5297
JournalJournal of Clinical Medicine
Volume10
Issue number22
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Nov 2021
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Anxiety
  • COVID-19
  • Cross-sectional study
  • Depression
  • Lockdown
  • Somatization

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