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Love in Times of Corona

How does the COVID19-pandemic affect relationships? We want to identify factors that help or challenge couples under unusually stressful conditions, such as the current pandemic. Eventually, our results should provide the basis for effective means of prevention and intervention for couples and families in crises.

What is it all about?

Our aim is to take a closer look at love relationships in times of the coronavirus. We want to identify factors that help or challenge couples under unusually stressful conditions, such as the current pandemic. We hope that this will facilitate the development and deployment of effective means of prevention and intervention for couples facing unusual challenges in the future. To be able to draw valid conclusions, we need to understand how the dynamics and the development of the current situations influence changes in relationships, and therefore the study will include several assessments. All individuals currently in a relationship were welcome to participate (the sexual orientation or the degree of commitment in the relationship does not matter).

What do we offer for your participation?

For each 100 participants that complete the study we will donate 50€ to a charity called SOS Children's Villages. This is an independent non-governmental, non-profit international development organization headquartered in Innsbruck, Austria. The organization provides humanitarian and developmental assistance to children in need and protects their interests and rights around the world.

Preliminary results

Here we would like to provide a few insights on the current data analyses. The first analyzes primarily deal with changes in relationship satisfaction at the beginning of the pandemic and the factors that affected these changes.

A total of 3,243 people from 63 nations took part in our survey. Most frequent nationalities were Italy (N = 1 094), the USA (N = 776), Germany / Austria / Switzerland (N = 775) and the UK (N = 302).
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The majority of participants was female (73%) and heterosexual (84%). The average participant was 31 years old and highly-educated. Most people stated to be in a committed relationship, and the average relationship duration was about 6.3 years. About half of the participants (56%) were livin together with their partner and one-fifth (20%) stated to have children.

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The majority of participants faced strict restrictions at the beginning of the pandemic (especially in Italy and Austria). More than tree-third of participants experienced changes in their working life, with most of them starting to work from home. Health of others and the spreading of the virus were the two domains that participants worried about most.

 

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