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FRESCHI, Diego  y  VERONICA DEL-VALLE, Macarena. Psychological distress and psychopathological symptoms in recovered COVID-19 patients. Psicogente [online]. 2023, vol.26, n.50, pp.1-23.  Epub 01-Sep-2023. ISSN 0124-0137.


The aim of this study was to evaluate psychological distress and psychopathological symptoms in patients recovered from COVID-19. For this purpose, we worked with a mixed, quali-quantitative methodology.


A total of 131 adults between 21 and 76 years of age (68,7 % had suffered COVID-19) participated in the study, completing a personal questionnaire and the Symptom Check-List-90-R [SCL-90-R]. In addition, 10 semi-structured interviews were conducted with recovered COVID-19 patients who had to be hospitalized because of the disease.


The results indicated that participants who recovered from COVID-19 reported higher levels of distress and psychopathological symptoms after their recovery, compared to participants who did not contract the disease. Statistically significant differences (p < 0,05) were found for almost all indicators, except for Interpersonal Sensitivity and Paranoid Ideation (p = 0,06). Additionally, patients who were hospitalized but not given assisted breathing interventions showed higher indicators for Somatization and Obsessions and Compulsions compared to the group that was hospitalized with a ventilator (p < 0,05). Furthermore, the qualitative analysis suggests that hospitalized participants experienced distress and different consequences from hospitalization and the disease.


The results are in line with what has been reported in the literature and suggest the importance of psychological support as a complement to physical recovery.

Palabras clave : pandemic; distress; psychopathology; hospitalization; illness.

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