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“Healthcare Kamikazes” during the COVID-19 Pandemic: Purpose in Life and Moral Courage as Mediators of Psychopathology

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TXP Research Group, Universidad Cardenal Herrera-CEU, CEU Universities, 12006 Castelló de la Plana, Spain
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Department of Mental Health, Consorci Hospitalari Provincial de Castelló, 12002 Castelló de la Plana, Spain
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Department of Mental Health, Hospital Psiquiátrico de Campeche, Campeche 24560, Mexico
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Torrent Mental Health Center, Hospital General de Valencia, 46900 Torrent, Spain
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18(14), 7235; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18147235
Received: 31 May 2021 / Revised: 25 June 2021 / Accepted: 3 July 2021 / Published: 6 July 2021
Although the required personal protective equipment was not available during the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, Spanish healthcare workers continued to work, being dubbed as ‘healthcare kamikazes’. Two possible reasons are moral courage and purpose in life that, in turn, would modulate the appearance of psychopathology. Cross-sectional study was carried out in 90 Spanish and 59 Mexican healthcare professionals, and 56 medical and nursing students. Spanish professionals had suffered more work and overall exposure (M = 8.30; SD = 2.57 and M = 9.03; SD = 2.66) than Mexican (M = 5.10; SD = 1.87 and M = 5.55; SD = 2.35). Mexican professionals had fewer anxiety disorders (30.5%; n = 18) and a lower depression score (M = 4.45; SD = 5.63) than the Spanish (43.7%; n = 38; and M = 8.69; SD = 8.07). Spanish professionals more often experienced acute stress disorder (32.6%; n = 29). Purpose in life, in addition to having a direct protective effect on psychopathology, also modulated the relationship between personal and family exposure and psychopathology. In conclusion, purpose in life protects against the appearance of psychopathology in healthcare workers with personal and family exposure to SARS-CoV-2. View Full-Text
Keywords: acute stress; anxiety; COVID-19; coronavirus; depression; psychopathology; purpose in life; moral courage; healthcare workers; healthcare students acute stress; anxiety; COVID-19; coronavirus; depression; psychopathology; purpose in life; moral courage; healthcare workers; healthcare students
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Echeverria, I.; Peraire, M.; Haro, G.; Mora, R.; Camacho, I.; Almodóvar, I.; Mañes, V.; Zaera, I.; Benito, A. “Healthcare Kamikazes” during the COVID-19 Pandemic: Purpose in Life and Moral Courage as Mediators of Psychopathology. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18, 7235. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18147235

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Echeverria I, Peraire M, Haro G, Mora R, Camacho I, Almodóvar I, Mañes V, Zaera I, Benito A. “Healthcare Kamikazes” during the COVID-19 Pandemic: Purpose in Life and Moral Courage as Mediators of Psychopathology. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2021; 18(14):7235. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18147235

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Echeverria, Iván, Marc Peraire, Gonzalo Haro, Rafael Mora, Isabel Camacho, Isabel Almodóvar, Vicente Mañes, Ignacio Zaera, and Ana Benito. 2021. "“Healthcare Kamikazes” during the COVID-19 Pandemic: Purpose in Life and Moral Courage as Mediators of Psychopathology" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 18, no. 14: 7235. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18147235

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