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COVID-19, personality and quality of life: Self-enhancement in the time of pandemic
Date: 17.04.2020 - 12.2020


   The pandemic affected humans lives on enormous scale, both directly (by infections) and indirectly (by desorganization of everyday life). The main research problem of the project is to explain psychological determinants of the quality of life as a result of experiencing the COVID-19 pandemic with particular focus on behaviors and medical beliefs (following Health Beliefs Model). -> Project description download

Aim of project:

   Cross-cultural, online. This study will allow to consider the cultural context of social behaviors (like: trust in government, affluence, political culture, the severity of the pandemic). Minimal sample size for each country: N = 250, adults, a sample of convenience (following Schönbrot & Perugini, 2013 recommendation).
Research goals: testing sequential model linking personality to general and specific psychological mediators to actions undertaken as a reaction to COVID-19 to quality of life.
Personality factors: Dark Triad, Type D, grandiose narcissism (agentic and communal).
Other factors: cynical hostility, fear toward COVID, general anxiety, COVID-19 related Health
Beliefs, conspiracy-based COVID-19 beliefs.
Countries participating:  Algeria, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Bangladesh, Bosnia & Hercegovina, Brasil, Bulgaria, Chile, China, Colombia, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Ecuador, Egypt, Estonia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Lebanon,  Malaysia, Mauritius, Mexico; Netherlands, New Zealand; Nigeria, North Macedonia, Pakistan, Palestine State, Panama, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea; South Africa (RSA), Spain, Thailand; Togo, Turkey; Ukraine, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, Uruguay, the US, Vietnam.

Methods: online surveys, self report


Brzóska, P., Żemojtel-Piotrowska, M., Piotrowski, J., Nowak, B., Jonason, P. K., Sedikides, C., Adamovic, M., Atitsogbe, K. A., Ahmed, O., Azam, U., Bălțătescu, S., Bochaver, K., Bolatov, A., Bonato, M., Counted, V., Chaleeraktrakoon, T., Ramos-Diaz, J., Dragova-Koleva, S., Eldesoki, W. L. M., . . . Yahiiaiev, I. (2024). Testing the underlying structure of unfounded beliefs about COVID-19 around the world. Thinking & Reasoning, 30(2), 301–326.

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Nowak, B., Brzóska, P., Piotrowski, J., Sedikides, C., Żemojtel-Piotrowska, M., Jonason, P.K.  (2020). Adaptive and maladaptive behavior during the COVID-19 pandemic: The roles of Dark Triad traits, collective narcissism, and health beliefs. Personality and Individual Differences, 167,

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