Psychological State Researches in the Context of the COVID-19 Pandemic



The number of studies examining the mental state of people in the covid-19 pandemic is increasing. The problem of mental state of people in a pandemic is important for determining the direction of psychological assistance in the practical work of psychologists and people of assisting professions, as it allows taking into account a number of important factors essential in the organization of this work. The purpose of the article is to review foreign studies of the mental state of different groups of people (health workers, persons who have certain diseases and need assistance; persons who do not have diseases and are part of the so called normal group) in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. Studies examining the manifestations of anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, insomnia in this epidemiological environment are considered. The results of studies showing the role of the media in shaping anxiety and fears among medical professionals are presented. The relationship between personality traits and a certain style of emotional and behavioral reactions to the COVID-19 pandemic has been analyzed. A deep understanding of these psychological processes will help develop and implement more effective preventive programs for emotional disorders such as anxiety, stress and depression arising during the COVID-19 pandemic.

General Information

Keywords: pandemic, COVID-19, anxiety, stress, depression, PTSD, dementia, psychological disorders, insomnia.

Journal rubric: Medical Psychology

Article type: review article


For citation: Kochetova Y.A., Klimakova M.V. Psychological State Researches in the Context of the COVID-19 Pandemic [Elektronnyi resurs]. Sovremennaia zarubezhnaia psikhologiia = Journal of Modern Foreign Psychology, 2021. Vol. 10, no. 1, pp. 48–56. DOI: 10.17759/jmfp.2021100105. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)


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Information About the Authors

Yuliya A. Kochetova, PhD in Psychology, Professor, Chair of Scientific Basis of Extreme Psychology, Moscow State University of Psychology & Education, Moscow, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail:

Mariya V. Klimakova, Lecturer, Chair of Developmental Psychology Named after L.F. Obukhova, Faculty of Psychology of Education, Moscow State University of Psychology & Education, Moscow, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail:



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