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Affirming Basic Psychological Needs Promotes Mental Well-Being During the COVID-19 Outbreak

Cantarero, Katarzyna and van Tilburg, Wijnand AP and Smoktunowicz, Ewelina (2021) 'Affirming Basic Psychological Needs Promotes Mental Well-Being During the COVID-19 Outbreak.' Social Psychological and Personality Science, 12 (5). pp. 821-828. ISSN 1948-5506

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Abstract

We tested if challenges to basic psychological needs (BPN) for autonomy, competence, and relatedness during the COVID-19 pandemic undermine people’s mental well-being. Furthermore, we tested if an intervention, affirmation of these psychological needs, enhances mental well-being. Results of Study 1 ( N = 153) showed that higher levels of satisfaction of BPN were related to higher well-being during the COVID-19 outbreak. In Study 2 ( N = 215), we employed an online intervention enhancing these BPN. We found increased mental well-being through bolstered relatedness in particular. The intervention also decreased perceived stress. Both studies showed that mental well-being during the COVID-19 pandemic is positively related to the ability to work as usual and the number of people contacted via phone or internet but not in person.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: well-being, psychological needs, interventions, coronavirus, COVID-19, pandemic
Divisions: Faculty of Science and Health
Faculty of Science and Health > Psychology, Department of
SWORD Depositor: Elements
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 09 Feb 2021 09:56
Last Modified: 06 Jan 2022 14:17
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/28554

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