The Corona Pandemic Study: Effects on Couples and Families

The spread of the coronavirus currently impacts people all over the world: curfews, contact bans, school and daycare closures and the increasing work from home have drastically changed our everyday lives. For many people, the pandemic caused financial or health issues.
This is what we are currently investigating in an international online study that is being conducted in 45 countries from the United States to Brazil, Italy, Kenya, Malaysia and Australia in cooperation with other teams of researchers. We want to investigate whether and how mental health is affected by Covid-19, how this influences the quality of partnerships and how couples deal with "corona-related" stress factors. Additionally, we want to explore the challenges and opportunities resulting from home office, home schooling and home childcare for families and how these changes affect the perceived work-life balance. Since people around the world are being surveyed on these issues, we also hope to discover similarities and differences in the way people are dealing with this global crisis across countries and cultures.

Digitalization, Burnout & Family Time: The Everyday Life of Couples in a Fast-Paced World

Digitalization is changing everything from the work environment to our own homes. The Department of Couple and Family Psychology at WWU Münster is investigating the opportunities and risks it poses for the health of couples and families in a major diary study using experience sampling methods, smartphone tracking, audio recordings and physiological measurements.
One of the objectives of the study is to gain a better understanding of how couples and families use their smartphones in everyday life and to explore the impacts on family dynamics.
Our team is currently looking for couples who want to participate. For more information, please click here.

This project is funded by the Ministry of Culture and Science of North Rhine-Westphalia (Return Program; duration: 2019 to 2024).