In collaboration with Goldsmith University of London, we are conducting an online longitudinal study investigating risk and protective factors for mental health and well-being in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. Although the study focuses on the effects of COVID-19, what we will learn would extend our understanding of how better support mental health and well-being in other circumstances characterised by a threat to life and livelihood, social isolation, rapid change, and uncertainty. This will inform public health policy on the prevention of mental illness and promotion of mental health and well-being at critical times, particularly in the context of strict social distancing or isolation. The study will survey adults globally, asking questions about one’s experiences during the lockdown, as well as during the periods of ‘new normal’.
The first survey, which takes approximately 30-40 min to complete, explores how people respond to social distancing measures introduced in many countries to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. It also contains questions about personality predispositions, predominant responses to stress and life challenges, attitudes towards oneself and others. It also collects information on meditation and other contemplative practices. Subsequent shorter surveys, which will take approximately 10-15 min to complete, will be administered monthly to monitor how participants are adjusting to the ‘new normal’ in terms of their copying strategies and emotional response.
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