The current COVID-19 pandemic affects almost all people to some degree. The PANDRISK research project will perform psychological research on how people react to a pandemic outbreak. The aim is to provide a foundation of knowledge which governments and health authorities can use to tackle the current COVID-19 pandemic and future pandemics.
We are interested in investigating how people perceive the consequences of the pandemic and how this perception affects factors such as: How people behave, exposure to infection, chances to infect others, worry about infection, anxiety and mental health. The project which consists of multiple studies, also aims to investigate how traits such as coping, optimism and motivation can explain how individuals vary in how they act in response a pandemic outbreak.
The project will collect data over the course of 10 months using a "Norwegian Citizen Panel" as participants. Alongside questionnaires there will be some in-depth interviews in order to assess how risk, coping ability and quarantine restrictions are experienced. A smart phone application will also be employed to collect information regarding day-to-day experiences and psychological health consequences to the pandemic outbreak.
The project is led by the research group Operative Psychology at UiB with contributions from regional, national and international experts and collaborators from Columbia University in New York and King's college in London. Findings in the studies will be made available continuously throughout the project and published in peer reviewed journals. Data collected will be open access, where anonymized data will be available to other researchers.
The PANDRISK project is funded by the Trond Mohn Foundation, project number TMS2020TMT08.