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 McGlinchey, Sarah Butter, Kareena McAloney-Kocaman, Kerri E. 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
JournalJournal of Psychopathology and Behavioral Assessment
Early online date04 Nov 2020
DOIs
Publication statusEarly online date - 04 Nov 2020

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The COVID-19 Psychological Well-being Study was designed as a rapid data collection exercise across the UK population. This work was supported in part by funds from the School of Psychology at Queens University Belfast in Northern Ireland and the Department of Psychology at Glasgow Caledonian University, in Scotland. The recruitment target was 2000 participants in baseline. The total response rate was 2501 and after several exclusions were applied concerning data quality control (please see above methods section) the final effective sample size was 1989 participants.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2020, The Author(s).

Copyright:
Copyright 2020 Elsevier B.V., All rights reserved.

Keywords

  • Coronavirus
  • COVID-19
  • General population
  • Longitudinal
  • Mental health
  • Psychosocial
  • Survey
  • United Kingdom

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology

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