Emotion Regulation in Daily Life during COVID-19 Pandemic – UROP Spring Symposium 2021

Emotion Regulation in Daily Life during COVID-19 Pandemic

Nayomie Allen


Pronouns: she/her

Research Mentor(s): Sujin Lee, Graduate Student
Research Mentor School/College/Department: Department of Psychology, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts
Presentation Date: Thursday, April 22, 2021
Session: Session 1 (10am-10:50am)
Breakout Room: Room 13
Presenter: 3

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The aim of this study is to assess individuals’ day-to-day emotional experiences and how they regulate their emotions, especially in context of the COVID-19 pandemic. Through conducting a 9-month longitudinal online study, we hope to identify the characteristics that are most vulnerable to COVID-19 stress and anxiety. Furthermore, we aim to examine individuals’ pattern of emotion regulation strategies to reduce COVID-19 stress and anxiety. All participants are above 18 years old, located in the University of Michigan. Recruitment was sent by a link 2,000 random University of Michigan students through the Office of Registrar. Using UM Qualtrics we first collected self-report measures of coping and emotion regulation strategies. Second, we conducted a follow-up survey using an Ecological Momentary Assessment (EMA) approach among participants who are interested in the follow-up study. During the study, EMA survey data was collected at 6 time points/per day for 5 days in spaced out intervals. The results from part 1 online-survey provide evidence that emotion regulation strategy patterns have an association with several mental health outcomes and COVID-19 related anxieties. Through these findings we acknowledge the importance of taking a person-centered approach to emotion regulation strategies especially using EMA measurement. Recently, we started another wave data collection using online-survey to understand factors that are associated with the attitude towards COVID-19 vaccinations. We hypothesized that there would be correlation between attitudes (positive/negative) towards COVID-19 and several factors across domains (cognitive, emotional, and behavioral).

Authors: Sujin Lee, Ka Ip, Nayomie Allen
Research Method: Survey Research

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