COVID-19 Pandemic Related Stress and Social Ties

Collaborator: Kira S. Birditt

Funding: University of Michigan, Survey Research Center, Surveys of Consumers

Project Period: 04/01/2020 – 12/01/2021

Description: The purpose of this research is to understand the experience of  COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic-related stress and the factors that exacerbate or buffer stress. Participants included a total of 1260 adults (44.5% women) ages 18 to 97 (M = 51.0; SD = 17.8) from the May and June 2020 nationally representative Survey of Consumers. A total of 75.7% were White, 10.3% were Black, 3.3% were Asian, and 10.8% were Hispanic. Participants reported the extent to which they felt stress related to the pandemic in the last month, how much their lives had changed due to COVID, what their main concerns were regarding COVID-19 and as well as social isolation and negative relationship quality.