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Older People’s Personal Strengths During the First Wave of the COVID-19 Pandemic

Gema Pérez-Rojo1, Javier López1, Cristina Noriega1, José Ángel Martínez-Huertas2,3, Cristina Velasco1,Isabel Carretero1, Patricia López-Frutos1, Leyre Galarraga1, and Karl Pillemer4

1 Universidad San Pablo-CEU,
2 Universidad Autónoma de Madrid,
3 UNINPSI Unidad Clínica de Psicología, and
4 Cornell University

Background: Although several biopsychosocial variables could play an important role as risk and protective factors of mental health, COVID-19 outbreak studies among older people have seldom focused on protective factors. The purpose of this study was to analyze how older adults’ personal strengths predict their well-being and emotional distress. Method: 783 Spanish people aged 60 and over completed a survey that included sociodemographic characteristics, perceived health, direct or indirect infection by COVID-19, resilience, gratitude, experiential avoidance, family functioning, emotional distress and well-being.  Structural Equation Modelling (SEM) was performed. SEM invariance was also used to analyze whether there were differences between older people affected by COVID-19 and those not affected. Results: The best model supports the mediation effect of resilience, gratitude and experiential avoidance on older people’s well-being and emotional distress. Whether participants or relatives had been infected by the virus or not did not affect the results. Conclusions: Variables used as criteria in older adults are related to well-being and emotional distress, but only indirectly and mediated by resilience, gratitude and experiential avoidance. This confirms the importance of considering psychological strengths in older people’s well-being. Interventions focused on these personal resources should be considered.

Fortalezas Personales en Personas Mayores Durante la Primera Ola de la Pandemia por COVID-19. Antecedentes: las variables biopsicosociales juegan un papel importante como factores de riesgo o protectores de la salud mental, pero los estudios sobre el impacto del COVID-19 en las personas mayores raramente se han centrado en factores protectores. El objetivo del estudio es analizar cómo fortalezas personales de las personas mayores predicen su bienestar psicológico y malestar emocional. Método: 783 personas españolas mayores de 60 años completaron el protocolo de evaluación que incluía características sociodemográficas, salud percibida, afectación directa o indirecta por COVID, resiliencia, gratitud, evitación experiencial, funcionamiento familiar, malestar emocional y bienestar psicológico. Se utilizó un modelo de ecuaciones estructurales y su invarianza para analizar si existían diferencias entre personas afectadas o no por COVID-19. Resultados: se ha encontrado un modelo que apoya el efecto mediador de la resiliencia, la gratitud y la evitación experiencial sobre el bienestar psicológico y el malestar emocional. Los resultados se han mantenido independientemente de la afectación por COVID. Conclusiones: las variables utilizadas como criterio en personas mayores están relacionadas con el bienestar psicológico y el malestar emocional, pero indirectamente y mediadas por fortalezas personales. Esto confirma la importancia de considerar las fortalezas en el bienestar de las personas mayores. Las intervenciones centradas en recursos personales deben ser consideradas.


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