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Post-Traumatic Growth among Older People after the Forced Lockdown for the COVID–19 Pandemic

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  10 September 2021

Montserrat Celdrán*
Universitat de Barcelona (Spain)
Rodrigo Serrat
Universitat de Barcelona (Spain)
Feliciano Villar
Universitat de Barcelona (Spain)
Correspondence concerning this article should be addressed to Montserrat Celdrán. Universitat de Barcelona. Departament de Cognició, Desenvolupament i Psicologia de l’Educació. E-mail:


We explored post-traumatic growth (PTG) in older adults immediately after the forced lockdown in Spain during March to April, 2020, due to the COVID–19 pandemic. The study also tried to identify the variables that predict PTG, focusing on the experience of COVID, sociodemographic variables, and social resources. In total 1,009 people aged 55 years and older participated in the study and completed an online questionnaire comprising the following elements: The short form of the Post-traumatic Growth Inventory (PTGI-SF), sociodemographic and social resources questions, and their experiences of COVID–19 (if they had been infected themselves or if they had experienced the loss of someone close). Results showed that only a quarter of the participants experienced higher PTG after the forced lockdown, with only age and social resources being correlated with scores on the PTGI-SF. Looking at the strengths that older adults put into action to combat the pandemic and its social and health consequences could be an important consideration when planning future social policies for this and other pandemics.

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© Universidad Complutense de Madrid and Colegio Oficial de Psicólogos de Madrid 2021

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Conflicts of Interest: None.

Funding Statement: Rodrigo Serrat is a Serra Húnter Programme tenure-track lecturer at the Universitat de Barcelona.


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