New study to explore effect of social distancing launched

Researchers are looking for volunteers from across the globe to take part in a new study looking into how social distancing has affected their lives during the Covid-19 pandemic. The study is being conducted by an international group of researchers led by Dr Bahar Tuncgenc from the University of Nottingham’s School of Psychology.

“Keeping distance from our loved ones, especially in such uncertain and threatening times, is an unusual and at times difficult way to be asked to live. We want to find out how these distancing measures have been affecting people’s daily lives and what they may have been doing to help get through it.” says Dr Tuncgenc.

The study aims to understand what motivates people to adhere to the practice of distancing and how it affects people’s social interactions and mood. The researchers are targeting a wide range of countries including: Australia, Bangladesh, China, France, Germany, India, Iran, Italy, Lebanon, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, UK, and USA.

By targeting over a dozen countries, we will have a unique opportunity to look at how cultural values play a role in people’s experiences. Ultimately, our goal is to help make effective policies, and for that, you need to understand people’s social, psychological and cultural needs.

Volunteers are needed to take part in the online survey, which will track people’s experiences and feelings about the COVID-19 outbreak over a 3-month period.

If you are interested in taking part or know someone who may be interested, the online survey can be accessed here: https://distancing-covid19-survey.herokuapp.com/

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