A diary study on when and with whom recovery experiences modulate daily stress and worry during a COVID-19 lockdown


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Ménard, J., Foucreault, A., Leduc, H., Meunier, S. et Trépanier, S.-G. (2021). A diary study on when and with whom recovery experiences modulate daily stress and worry during a COVID-19 lockdown. Frontiers in Psychology, 12 . Article 620349. ISSN 1664-1078 DOI 10.3389/fpsyg.2021.620349

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In April 2020, almost six out of 10 people around the world were in lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Being locked down usually has a deleterious effect on the confined individual's mental health. In this exceptionally challenging context, finding ways to minimize negative mood about the pandemic is essential. Pandemic-related negative states (“negative mood”) and recovery experiences were investigated in a sample of 264 individuals who completed daily surveys four times per day over 7 consecutive days. MSEMs analyses revealed that negative mood persisted from moment-to-moment through the day, thus showing a response lag effect. Further analyses revealed that when someone experienced pandemic-related psychological detachment, relaxation, mastery, control, pleasure, or relatedness at specific periods of the day, mood had improved at the next measured time period, suggesting a protective effect. However, the pattern displayed by singles with dependents suggests that some recovery experiences at specific periods during the day seem to have a backfiring effect and worsen subsequent mood. These findings bring new insight into the role of recovery experiences during lockdowns and suggest that many could benefit from such experiences throughout the day when self-isolating. However, for individuals with multiple risk factors such as being single with dependents, some recovery experiences, at specific periods during the day, might not bring the desired outcome and future research is needed to examine if guilt or domestic burden may explain this finding. Results contribute to our understanding of how to take care of one's mental health during the current pandemic, and concrete recommendations adapted to individual contexts are provided. © Copyright © 2021 Ménard, Foucreault, Leduc, Meunier and Trépanier.

Type de document: Article
Mots-clés libres: Coronavirus outbreak COVID-19 Lockdown Mental health Mood Pandemic Self-isolation
Date de dépôt: 01 mars 2023 21:11
Dernière modification: 01 mars 2023 21:20
Version du document déposé: Version officielle de l'éditeur
URI: https://depot-e.uqtr.ca/id/eprint/10510

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