Stress, coping and resilience in times of COVID-19: an online psychological intervention for women




COVID-19, Stress, Coping, Resilience


Background: In the COVID-19 pandemic, women are a vulnerable group because they are more prone to suffering mental health problems. The objective of this research was to evaluate the effect of an online Cognitive-Behavioral intervention on stress, coping, and resilience in a group of women during the COVID-19 pandemic in Mexico.

Methods: Employing a single-group pre-test and post-test design and an intentional non-probabilistic sampling, 43 participants received training in cognitive-behavioral techniques, during five synchronous sessions on a videoconferencing platform.

Results: Participants reported moderate perceived stress before and after the intervention (Mdn =15). Changes were observed in four of the five dimensions of the Mexican resilience scale (p≤0.05; r≥0.442) as well as, in the distancing and positive appraisal subscales of the ways of coping questionnaire (p≤0. 05; r≥0.456).

Conclusions: Telepsychology is a low-cost, feasible, and effective remote intervention modality to promote more adaptive coping and resilience behaviours during a health emergency.

Author Biography

Ana L. Becerra Gálvez, Department of Psychology, National Autonomous University of Mexico, Zaragoza Campus, Mexico

B.A. and M.A. in Psychology with Residency in Behavioral Medicine from the Facultad de Estudios Superiores Iztacala, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM). PhD. in Psychology from the Universidad de las Américas in Mexico City. Full-time Associate Professor "C" at the Facultad de Estudios Superiores Zaragoza in the area of Clinical and Health Psychology. Supervisor and tutor in the Master's Degree in Psychology with Residency in Behavioral Medicine at FESI-UNAM. Collaborator and responsible for several PAPIME projects since 2007 to date. Consultant for the United Nations Entity in Mexico, UN Women. Teacher in courses and diploma courses in Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy. Author of articles published in national and international journals. Coordinator of the book Medicina Conductual: Teoría y Práctica and co-author of the book Trastorno de estrés postraumático en adultos. Cognitive behavioral intervention for earthquake victims.


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How to Cite

Becerra Gálvez, A. L., Pérez, A., Lugo, I. V., Pérez, Y. Y., Franco, A. G., Medina, E. A., & Anguiano, S. A. (2022). Stress, coping and resilience in times of COVID-19: an online psychological intervention for women. International Journal Of Community Medicine And Public Health, 9(2), 652–658.



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