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Flow During the Outbreak of COVID-19 in Germany: An Interview Study on the Changes of Flow Experiences During Long-Term Isolation

Hackmann, Marieke (2020) Flow During the Outbreak of COVID-19 in Germany: An Interview Study on the Changes of Flow Experiences During Long-Term Isolation.

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Abstract:Flow has been found to be experienced rarely in daily life. Still, flow experiences have been shown to increase well-being. During the worldwide outbreak of COVID-19 these flow experiences might have changed. Therefore, the current study investigated how flow was experienced during the long-term isolation due to the pandemic. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with four female Germans. A coding scheme was developed capturing the flow experiences before the isolation as well as the flow experiences during the isolation. It was found that flow experiences mostly changed negatively during the time of the isolation. Mainly, missing social interaction and constant thoughts and worrying about the pandemic seemed to have contributed to a decrease of flow experiences. However, some increases in flow experiences were perceived as well, mainly due to more free time or increased gratitude about certain activities. In addition, a stabilization of flow experiences within long-term isolation was found. Moreover, flow experiences seemed to have a great value for well-being before the isolation and the negative change of flow experiences was indicated as contributing to a decrease in well-being, which demands for further research. As flow was found to contribute to well-being, an interruption of flow experiences needs to be prevented.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology MSc (66604)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/82746
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