The COVID-19 Psychological Wellbeing Study: understanding the longitudinal psychosocial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in the UK; a methodological overview paper

Cherie Armour*, Emily McGinchey, Sarah Butter, Kareena McAloney-Kocaman, Kerri McPherson

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Abstract

The COVID-19 Psychological Wellbeing Study was designed and implemented as a rapid survey of the psychosocial impacts of the novel severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), known as COVID-19 in residents across the United Kingdom. This study utilised a longitudinal design to collect online survey based data. The aim of this paper was to describe (1) the rationale behind the study and the corresponding selection of constructs to be assessed; (2) the study design and methodology; (3) the resultant sociodemographic characteristics of the full sample; (4) how the baseline survey data compares to the UK adult population (using data from the Census) on a variety of sociodemographic variables; (5) the ongoing efforts for weekly and monthly longitudinal assessments of the baseline cohort; and (6) outline future research directions. We believe the study is in a unique position to make a significant contribution to the growing body of literature to help understand the psychological impact of this pandemic and inform future clinical and research directions that the UK will implement in response to COVID-19.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Psychopathology and Behavioral Assessment
Early online date4 Nov 2020
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Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 4 Nov 2020

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