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Post-Traumatic Growth in Professionals Caring for People with Intellectual Disabilities during COVID-19: A Psychological Intervention

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Faculty of Health Sciences, Department of Health Psychology, University of Alicante, 03690 Alicante, Spain
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Mind, Brain and Behavior Research Center (CIMCYC), University of Granada, 18071 Granada, Spain
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End-of-Life Research Network (EOL), 18071 Granada, Spain
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School of Psychology Brigantia Building, Bangor University, Bangor LL57 2AS, UK
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Academic Editors: Fabrizia Giannotta and Yunhwan Kim
Healthcare 2022, 10(1), 48; https://doi.org/10.3390/healthcare10010048
Received: 16 November 2021 / Revised: 21 December 2021 / Accepted: 24 December 2021 / Published: 28 December 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Mental Health in Times of Pandemic: Protective and Risk Factors)
Background: Health professionals present a greater vulnerability to the effects of COVID-19 on their mental health, especially those who work with vulnerable groups such as those who suffer from intellectual disability (ID). The objective of the present research was to develop and verify the effectiveness of a psychological intervention for professionals in the field of ID to improve their mental health during this health crisis. Methods: A total of 32 professionals participated. The variables measured were: post-traumatic growth, mental health, burnout, coping strategies, resilience, life satisfaction, optimism, and cognitive and affective empathy. Results: The results revealed statistically significant differences in the post-traumatic growth variable. In the rest of the variables (mental health, burnout, coping strategies, resilience, vital satisfaction, optimism, and empathy), no significant differences between groups were found. Conclusions: An increase in the levels of post-traumatic growth was observed in the intervention group after a brief online psychological intervention. However, given the small sample size, these results should be taken with caution. Institutions should foster and promote interventions aimed at reducing the high emotional impact produced by COVID-19 in professionals that care for people diagnosed with ID. View Full-Text
Keywords: professionals; intellectual disability; COVID-19; mental health; psychological intervention; post-traumatic growth professionals; intellectual disability; COVID-19; mental health; psychological intervention; post-traumatic growth
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Fernández-Ávalos, M.I.; Pérez-Marfil, M.N.; Fernández-Alcántara, M.; Ferrer-Cascales, R.; Cruz-Quintana, F.; Turnbull, O.H. Post-Traumatic Growth in Professionals Caring for People with Intellectual Disabilities during COVID-19: A Psychological Intervention. Healthcare 2022, 10, 48. https://doi.org/10.3390/healthcare10010048

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Fernández-Ávalos MI, Pérez-Marfil MN, Fernández-Alcántara M, Ferrer-Cascales R, Cruz-Quintana F, Turnbull OH. Post-Traumatic Growth in Professionals Caring for People with Intellectual Disabilities during COVID-19: A Psychological Intervention. Healthcare. 2022; 10(1):48. https://doi.org/10.3390/healthcare10010048

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Fernández-Ávalos, María I., María N. Pérez-Marfil, Manuel Fernández-Alcántara, Rosario Ferrer-Cascales, Francisco Cruz-Quintana, and Oliver H. Turnbull. 2022. "Post-Traumatic Growth in Professionals Caring for People with Intellectual Disabilities during COVID-19: A Psychological Intervention" Healthcare 10, no. 1: 48. https://doi.org/10.3390/healthcare10010048

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