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Revista Psicologia Organizações e Trabalho

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GUILLAND, Romilda et al. Depression and anxiety symptoms in workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. Rev. Psicol., Organ. Trab. [online]. 2021, vol.21, n.4, pp. 1721-1730. ISSN 1984-6657.

The COVID-19 pandemic caused a health, economic and social crisis, with important repercussions on working conditions, jobs, domestic life, and people's mental health. This study aimed to identify symptoms of depression and anxiety experienced during the COVID-19 pandemic in a sample of workers. For data collection, an online protocol was used, consisting of a sociodemographic and occupational questionnaire, the DASS-21 screening scale (Depression, Anxiety and Stress Scale - Short Form) and the Mental and Occupational Health Battery (BSMO). The study was carried out with 503 professionals, 78.5% female, with a mean age of 41.38 years (SD 11.89). Most of the sample (92%) had attended higher education and resided in the southern region of Brazil. It was found that single females who reported contact with people infected with COVID-19 and who indicated that they were more concerned about the disease had higher scores in anxiety/or depression. It is concluded that the BSMO scale discriminates anxiety from depression well and presents good correlation indicators with the DASS-21 scale.

Keywords : anxiety; depression; stress; workers; COVID-19.

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