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The Relationship between Openness to Experience and Well-being in times of Corona

Hölscher, Alexandra (2021) The Relationship between Openness to Experience and Well-being in times of Corona.

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Abstract:Background. Previous crises have shown that personal differences, such as the personality trait openness, can influence the individual’s level of well-being. Hence, the present study investigates the relationship between the personality trait openness to experience and well-being, as well as the aspects of optimism, creativity, and adherence to regulations during the Corona pandemic. Methods. A cross-sectional empirical quantitative survey design was conducted, using data provided by the Longitudinal Internet Studies for the Social Sciences (short “LISS”) with a representative sample of 462 participants. A correlational and multiple mediation analyses were conducted to investigate the relationship between openness and well-being in times of Corona. Results. The results displayed significant positive correlations between openness and well-being. Within the mediation model, optimism fully explained the relationship between openness and emotional and social well-being and explained, to some extent, the relationship between openness and psychological and overall well-being. Creativity and adherence adherence to governmental COVID-19 regulations did not function as mediating and confounding variables. Conclusion. Openness represented robustness before and during the pandemic. Regarding the current study’s results, aspects to consider are extraneous variables and differences in studies, such as utilized questionnaires, the samples’ characteristics, and the studies‘ time frames.
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/87731
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