The influence of quarantine on the indicators of biopsychological age in Russia (longitudinal study)



The influence of quarantine on the indicators of biopsychological age is being investigated, data from studies in different countries are presented. Stress factors are distinguished: the disease itself, post-traumatic stress, quarantine factors (social isolation, malnutrition, decreased physical activity, anxiety). The results of a longitudinal study are presented: 1st measurement – 2019, 2nd measurement -2020 (after six months of quarantine). 394 people aged 35-70 years were examined: adults – 158 (114 women), working pensioners – 28 (19 women), non-working pensioners with chronic diseases – 208 (151 women). Methods for assessing biological age by indicators of health, subjective psychological age, and expected retirement age were used. It is shown that in Russia: 1) the effect of quarantine on the biopsychological age is ambivalent, 2) the psychological age of working individuals has changed, they began to feel younger (by 3.3–7.2 years), the expected retirement age has not changed (remained below the established ); 3) indicators of somatic health did not change – (body weight in women, self-esteem of health), others improved (blood pressure), 4) characteristics of physical development worsened: the duration of static balancing decreased (by 13–37%), the duration of breath holding decreased by inhalation, 5) in working individuals the biological age has increased, and the biological aging index has increased, in women – at the level of a trend, in men – reliably (by 3.9–8 years 6) in non-working pensioners-chronicles there was no increase in the rate of biological aging.

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Keywords: quarantine, self-isolation, the impact of a pandemic, biopsychological age, psychological age, biological age, individual aging.

Journal rubric: Social Psychology

Article type: scientific article


Funding. The reported study was funded by Russian Science Foundation, project number 19-18-00058.

Acknowledgements. The authors are grateful for the help in collecting data for the study of the geriatrician E.A. Chumakova, young researchers: F.S. Isyandavletova, Kalaeva A.A., Zaika E.V., Bizina O.I. and direction coordinator G.V. Fatyanov.

For citation: Berezina T.N., Rybtsov S.A. The influence of quarantine on the indicators of biopsychological age in Russia (longitudinal study) [Elektronnyi resurs]. Sovremennaia zarubezhnaia psikhologiia = Journal of Modern Foreign Psychology, 2021. Vol. 10, no. 1, pp. 57–69. DOI: 10.17759/jmfp.2021100106. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)


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Information About the Authors

Tatiana N. Berezina, Doctor of Psychology, Professor, Professor of the Department of Scientific Foundations of Extreme Psychology, Moscow Institute of Psychology and Sociology, Moscow, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail:

Stanislav A. Rybtsov, PhD in Biology, Research Fellow, MRC, Center for Regenerative Medicine, University of Edinburgh, Head of the Group, Immunoaging. Head of the Resource Center for Cellular Technology and Immunology, Sirius University of Science and Technology, Edinburgh, Great Britain, ORCID:, e-mail:



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