Lockdown Research Study: Assessing the Impact of Character Strength Usage

Senior Lecturer in Psychology, Dr. Zoë Wimshurst, and Sport and Physiology Lecturer, Phill Heritage, are undertaking a new research study exploring the extent to which people have been able to use their character strengths in lockdown.

Zoë explains:

“Since lockdown began, the majority of people’s lives have changed massively on a day-to-day basis. We were all been restricted as to how much time we could go outside for and people hadn’t been having nearly as much social interaction as they were and if they were, it was in a different format.

“We are really interested in finding out why some people seemed to really flourish in the new lockdown environment and were getting on in a really positive manner and why some people really struggled with it.”

Character Strengths

Character strengths are the positive aspects of your personality: there are 24 of them that have been defined and recognised around the world.

“The purpose of this study is to understand whether the amount that people are able to use their character strengths has changed during the social isolation which has been put into place to counter COVID-19.

“There is previous research to show that use of character strengths is linked to various measures of wellbeing. We are investigating whether changes in wellbeing are linked to changes in use of these character strengths.”

Who Can Take Part?

The study is aiming to recruit high numbers of people from all different backgrounds to take part in this research. The study is therefore recruiting both males and females who are aged over 18, reside in the UK and speak fluent English.

If you choose to take part, you will be required to answer several questionnaires. Some of the questionnaires require you to respond while considering your life prior to lockdown, some require you to answer based on what your life had been like since lockdown began.

In total the questionnaires should take around 45 minutes to complete.

You can find out more and take part in the research study here.