Psychological resilience during the COVID-19 lockdown

William D.S. Killgore, Emily C. Taylor, Sara A. Cloonan, Natalie S. Dailey

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Some individuals are more psychologically resilient to adversity than others, an issue of great importance during the emerging mental health issues associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. To identify factors that may contribute to greater psychological resilience during the first weeks of the nation-wide lockdown efforts, we asked 1,004 U.S. adults to complete assessments of resilience, mental health, and daily behaviors and relationships. Average resilience was lower than published norms, but was greater among those who tended to get outside more often, exercise more, perceive more social support from family, friends, and significant others, sleep better, and pray more often. Psychological resilience in the face of the pandemic is related to modifiable factors.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number113216
JournalPsychiatry research
StatePublished - Sep 2020

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Biological Psychiatry


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