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Subjective well-being during the 202021 global coronavirus pandemic: Evidence from high frequency time series data


Foa, RS and Fabian, M and Gilbert, S, Subjective well-being during the 2020-21 global coronavirus pandemic: Evidence from high frequency time series data, PLOS One, 17, (2) pp. 1-22. ISSN 1932-6203 (2022) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1371/journal. pone.0263570


We investigate how subjective well-being varied over the course of the global COVID-19 pandemic, with a special attention to periods of lockdown. We use weekly data from YouGov's Great Britain Mood Tracker Poll, and daily reports from Google Trends, that cover the entire period from six months before until eighteen months after the global spread of COVID-19. Descriptive trends and time-series models suggest that negative mood associated with the imposition of lockdowns returned to baseline within 1-3 weeks of lockdown implementation, whereas pandemic intensity, measured by the rate of fatalities from COVID-19 infection, was persistently associated with depressed affect. The results support the hypothesis that country-specific pandemic severity was the major contributor to increases in negative affect observed during the COVID-19 pandemic, and that lockdowns likely ameliorated rather than exacerbated this effect.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:COVID, wellbeing, happiness, mood
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Public health
Research Field:Public health not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Evaluation of health and support services
Objective Field:Health policy evaluation
UTAS Author:Fabian, M (Dr Mark Fabian)
ID Code:153612
Year Published:2022
Deposited By:CALE Research Institute
Deposited On:2022-09-27
Last Modified:2022-12-14

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