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Abstract

RAMOS VERA, Cristian Antony. The dynamic characteristics of mental health in Peruvian adults during the COVID-19 quarantine. Medisur [online]. 2021, vol.19, n.2, pp.318-322.  Epub Apr 30, 2021. ISSN 1727-897X.

Background

The current SARS-CoV-2 pandemic accounts for more than one million infections, and has caused the death, so far, more than 300,000 people. In addition, it has had a great psychological impact in the Latin American context.

Objective

to describe the dynamic characteristics of mental health in Peruvian adults during the COVID-19 quarantine.

Methods

descriptive study, which explored the dynamic characteristics graphically, using a mental health instrument applied (online) to 763 Peruvian adults. A network analysis was applied using the qgrap packages and the LASSO graph.

Results

higher network centrality measures were observed in the items related to negative symptoms in mental health, such as item 9 (feeling of unhappiness and depression) and item 10 (loss of confidence); as well as the greater positive connection between items 3 (decision making and trust) and 4 (meaning of life); and the highest negative relationship between components 1 (concentration) and 5 (tension and anguish).

Conclusion

the individuals participating in the study mainly manifested feelings of unhappiness, depression and loss of confidence, among other negative symptoms. The study of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on mental health acquires greater precision and scientific basis when applying methods such as network analysis.

Keywords : Indicators and reagents; coronavirus infections: mental health; quarantine.

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