COVID-19 has taken many lives worldwide and millions of persons are in grief. When the grief process lasts longer than 6 months, the sufferer is at risk of developing Complicated Grief Disorder (CGD). DGD is characterized by intense emotional distress that can last longer than socially expected and that causes a disability in the person's daily functioning, and endangers their health and well-being. Interventions can be applied to reduce the probability of developing CGD. In developing countries like Mexico where psychological services are scarce, self-applied interventions are a possible way to prevent CGD.
The Project designed an online self-applied intervention, the COVID Grief Platform, composed of 12 modules focused on decreasing the risk of developing CGD. A Randomized Controlled Trial was then conducted with participants assigned to an intervention. The interventions included elements of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and Mindfulness and Positive Psychology. To analyse the outcomes, multiple (4) mixed between-within subjects ANOVA tests and post-hoc tests were conducted. Between-group comparisons with experimental and control groups were also carried out from Time 1 to Time 4.
There are two data files from the Study. The first includes depression and life satisfaction and other scores before and after the intervention and other data collected in the Study. The second data file mainly provides data on whether participants in the Intervention were receiving psychological treatment and type of prescription medication taken by participants.
Kind of Data
Unit of Analysis
v1: Edited, anonymised dataset for distribution under a CC-BY-SA [Creative Commons Attribution and Share-Alike] license https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0/
The trial data includes reported outcomes related to symptoms of Complicated Grief Disorder and quality-of-life improvements, sleep quality, and the symptomatology of anxiety and depression.
Producers and sponsors
Valencian International University
Department of Social Sciences
Universidad Autónoma de Ciudad Juárez
Faculty of Psychology
ELPAC-Universidad de Ciencias del Comportamiento
Department of Mental Health Clinics
University of Guadalajara
Faculty of Psychology
National Autonomous University of Mexico
School of Psychology
International University of Ecuador
Autonomous University of Juárez
Dates of Data Collection
Data Collection Mode
Ethics approval for the research was given by the Research Ethics Committee of the Autonomous University of Juárezon on 1 October 2020.
Data Collection Notes
Data was collected online durin the clinical trial from the COVID Grief platform.
University of Cape Town
CC-BY-SA license - attribution plus the sharing of derived works under the same conditions
International University of Valencia and Autonomous University of Ciudad Juárez. Intervention Duelo COVID (COVID Grief Intervention) 2020-2021 [dataset]. Version 1. Valencia and Juárez: IUV and UACJ [producers], 2021. Cape Town: DataFirst [distributers], 2021. DOI: https://doi.org/10.25828/3m51-3f16