Study looks at mental health impact of pandemic

Participants wanted for online survey on the impact of COVID-19 on Australians

Study looks at mental health impact of pandemic

Researchers from the University of Wollongong (UOW) are looking for people to take part in a study looking at the impact of COVID-19 on the wellbeing of Australians.

The survey, conducted via an online survey, will collect anonymous information on demographic characteristics, personality aspects, mental health and attitude towards COVID-19.

The study is part of a broader international project looking at the impact of the corona virus on the wellbeing of people throughout the world.

The same survey is being conducted in collaboration with universities in Brazil, United States, Italy, China, Taiwan, Saudi Arabia and the United Kingdom.

Dr Emanuela Brusadelli from UOW’s School of Psychology said the project aims to increase our understanding of the impact of COVID-19 on Australians wellbeing.

“We want to investigate the associations between personality aspects and people’s behaviour in the face of measures to contain COVID-19, trying to understand COVID-19 perception within an Australian context,” Dr Brusadelli said.

“Moreover, we are also checking how different personality profiles are able to tolerate the restrictions associated with the containment measures.

The researchers are seeking people aged 18 or above and currently living in Australia to complete an online questionnaire. After completion of the survey, participants will be entered into a draw to win one of ten $50 vouchers.

“The results of the survey will increase our understanding of the impact of COVID-19 on Australian people, deducing crucial information on stressors and protective factors that will assist the enhancement of intervention and prevention strategies for people during large crisis situations,” Dr Brusadelli said.

“The University wants to play a role in helping the community to face this problem. I thank everyone who does the survey for helping us in the understanding of the impact of this phenomenon on our society.”

All data collected will be anonymous. Information disclosed in the survey can not be used to identify people individually, and the researchers will only report aggregated data such as percentages and group averages.

The survey takes about 20-30 minutes to complete. People who are interested in taking part in the survey can find it here: https://uow.au1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_0TBaF767oSQWZw1

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