The International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health publishes our latest study about the psychological impact of confinement on the staff of the University of Cádiz

The International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health has recently published the article “Psychological Impact of the lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic in university workers: factors related to stress, anxiety and depression” carried out by the Observatory of Pain.

This is a cross-sectional study carried out by the Clinical and Social Epidemiology research group (CTS-991) of the University of Cádiz led by Inmaculada Failde, which analyzes the impact of the confinement produced by COVID-19 on the levels of depression, anxiety and stress of the professional community of the University of Cádiz, in addition to the factors related to these disorders.

To do it, sociodemographic and occupational data, as well as other work and health aspects, were collected through an online survey in a sample of 677 people three and a half weeks after the start of the confinement. 

Among the most outstanding results, we found that the highest scores for depression, anxiety, and stress were obtained by women, younger people, administration and service workers (ASP sector), and people with a lower educational level, as well as those with a worse health status, worse illness perception, worse quality of sleep, or using dysfunctional coping strategies. 

Furthermore, other social factors, such as living in a smaller home, had a negative impact on the psychological processes analysed, while more family support was related to lower depression scores.

In short, the study reveals a important impact on the mental health of university workers and provides data that shows the need to assess and monitor the health of university workers from a biopsychosocial perspective, as well as the inclusion of multidimensional strategies that improve the quality of life of the population and prevent future mental and physical problems derived from this and future pandemics.

You can read the full text by clicking on the following link. (

Reference of the report

Salazar A, Palomo-Osuna J, de Sola H, Moral-Munoz JA, Dueñas M, Failde I. Psychological Impact of the Lockdown Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic in University Workers: Factors Related to Stress, Anxiety, and Depression. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2021 Apr 20;18(8):4367. doi: 10.3390/ijerph18084367. PMID: 33924133; PMCID: PMC8074294.

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