Lingzi Zhong

Research Fellow, University of Utah

1 active project

Social support and psychological well-being during COVID-19

Our primary aims for conducting this research project are: 1. How is perceived social support associated with individuals’ (a) COVID-10 relational impact, (b) general well-being, and (c) resilience during the COVID-19 pandemic? 2. How is social distancing associated with individuals’…

Scientific Questions Being Studied

Our primary aims for conducting this research project are:
1. How is perceived social support associated with individuals’ (a) COVID-10 relational impact, (b) general well-being, and (c) resilience during the COVID-19 pandemic?
2. How is social distancing associated with individuals’ (a) perceived social support and (b) loneliness?
3. Is physical activity a moderator for the associations proposed in aim 1 and 2?
By examining these aims, we hope to better understand the role social support and physical activity play in individuals’ psychology well-being and well-functioning adaptation during the COVID-19 pandemic. The findings will inform future public health guidelines for navigating a public health crisis.

Project Purpose(s)

  • Population Health
  • Social / Behavioral

Scientific Approaches

We plan to use the three-wave data collected in the COPE project. Regression analyses and longitudinal analyses will be performed using R.

Anticipated Findings

We anticipate that results will illuminate that social support and physical activity are important factors that could help maintain or enhance individuals’ psychological well-being. During a public health crisis like COVID-19 where interactions with friends and family are substantially circumscribed, it is pivotal to encourage individuals to be creative in maintaining necessary bonds and connections with close others.

Demographic Categories of Interest

This study will not center on underrepresented populations.

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