The COVID-19 pandemic and resulting quarantine and other public health regulations have affected the lives of every single American, as well as much of the global population.
People have responded to this unprecedented situation in a great variety of ways. UC Davis researchers in psychology and human and community development are seeking participants for an online survey aimed at understanding the nature of people’s diverse emotional and behavioral responses to the pandemic and associated public health regulations — and the possible reasons for why they have responded in these ways.
“Our goal is to gain insight into personal health and well-being, as well as interpersonal behavior and community engagement, under these challenging conditions,” said Paul Hastings, professor of psychology, who is leading the study.
“By furthering our understanding of personal, community and societal functioning during periods of enduring heightened stress, we hope to inform efforts to design better ways of helping people to cope with future public health crises and other serious issues.”
Those choosing to participate will complete a 30-minute online survey that includes a series of questionnaires. Additionally, those who are interested in participating in follow-up assessments through the spring and summer, in order to understand people’s responses to the pandemic as local, state and national public health guidelines change, will have the option of providing contact information to be contacted again.
Hastings is conducting this study with two graduate students in the Human Development Graduate Group, Lindsey Partington and Ryan Hodge, as well as colleagues at Claremont Graduate University.