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COVID-19 and Relationships Study

Completed

Project description

Romantic relationships are vital to social life, yet neglected in popular discourse on COVID. Also, across the behavioural sciences, the social-psychological processes by which individuals cope with the COVID-19 pandemic are unclear. Finally, within relationship science, the social-psychological dynamics by which individuals utilise their close relationships with romantic partners to cope with the COVID-19 pandemic have received little attention.

In the present study, we examine the effects of COVID-19 on the dynamics of romantic relationships among individuals who are in lockdown with their partners within the UK, with the goal of sharing results with the Bowlby Centre (located in London, dedicated to promoting empirical research and counselling practice as informed by John Bowlby's attachment theory) so that counsellors will be able to use the best available information when working with clients. We will hold online Webinars with Bowlby Centre staff members, in order to share information. In addition, we will prepare briefing papers (thus offering the potential for more detailed rationale underlying the study, further explanation of methodology and results, and additional room for interpreting results and placing our findings within a broader social and psychological context). Furthermore, upon request, we will be glad to share our findings with individual research participants.

Publications:

  • Gaines, S. O., Jr. (2020). Personality psychology: The basics. London: Routledge.

  • Gaines, S. O., Jr. (2018). Identity and interethnic marriage in the United States. New York: Routledge. (Original work published 2017)

  • Gaines S. O., Jr. (2018). Personality and close relationship processes. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press. (Original work published 2016) ***WINNER***: 2018 Distinguished Book Award, International Association for Relationship Research