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Career resources and well-being in times of COVID-19

COVID-19 Research Area(s): Economics & Business, Mental Health & Wellbeing, Social Impacts

A longitudinal study on the relationship that the general population has with their current and future work. Participants are expected to complete 3 survey at one and three months of intervals (May, June and September). Each survey is expected to take 15 to 20 minutes. Based on the scientific literature produced following the attacks of September 11, we assume that a large number of participants will tend to perceive a decrease in meaning in their work, which will result in intends to change their career.

Moreover, we hypothesise that, due to the current situation, many people struggle to maintain optimism, which will result in an increase of negative emotions and a decrease in their perceived employability. Overall, we postulate that loss of meaning and optimism, and negative emotions will predict participants' level of general well-being and life satisfaction. However, we postulate that the ability to perceive blessings in difficult time (existential gratitude) could moderate this relationship. Finally, we postulate that these relationships are likely to evolve over time, depending on the evolution of the virus and its impact on specific countries.

Post date: 
May 21, 2020