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Lockdown lives: A longitudinal study of inter-relationships among feelings of loneliness, social contacts, and solidarity during the COVID-19 lockdown in early 2020

Van Breen, Jolien A., Kutlaca, Maja, Koc, Yasin, Jeronimus, Bertus F., Reitsema, Anne M., Jovanović, Veljko, Agostini, Maximilian, Belanger, Jocelyn, Gützkow, Ben, Kreienkamp, Jannis, and others. (2021) Lockdown lives: A longitudinal study of inter-relationships among feelings of loneliness, social contacts, and solidarity during the COVID-19 lockdown in early 2020. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, . ISSN 0146-1672. E-ISSN 1552-7433. (doi:10.1177/01461672211036602) (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided) (KAR id:89689)

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Abstract

We examine how social contacts and feelings of solidarity shape experiences of loneliness during the COVID-19 lockdown in early 2020. From the PsyCorona database, we obtained longitudinal data from 23 countries, collected between March and May 2020. The results demonstrated that although online contacts help to reduce feelings of loneliness, people who feel more lonely are less likely to use that strategy. Solidarity played only a small role in shaping feelings of loneliness during lockdown. Thus, it seems we must look beyond the current focus on online contact and solidarity to help people address feelings of loneliness during lockdown. Finally, online contacts did not function as a substitute for face-to-face contacts outside the home—in fact, more frequent online contact in earlier weeks predicted more frequent face-to-face contacts in later weeks. As such, this work provides relevant insights into how individuals manage the impact of restrictions on their social lives.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1177/01461672211036602
Uncontrolled keywords: COVID-19, loneliness, longitudinal methodology, solidarity, online communication
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Human and Social Sciences > School of Psychology
Depositing User: Karen Douglas
Date Deposited: 09 Aug 2021 15:07 UTC
Last Modified: 11 Feb 2022 15:10 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/89689 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Douglas, Karen: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-0381-6924
Sutton, Robbie M.: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-1542-1716
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