The aim of our presentation was to show potential changes in various types of attachment to groups, concerns, well-being, and behavior of Poles during the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic (March - May 2020). During this time most national borders were closed, and almost the whole world went into self-isolation mode.
We looked at the changes in:
1) pandemic concerns and following the restrictions over time;
2) the level of supranational social identifications (with the inhabitants of the European Union, with people around the world) in the era of closed borders, the changes in concern for global problems (related and not related to the coronavirus), as well as the level of local, national and religious identifications, including narcissistic ways of attachment to a national and religious group;
3) conspiracy thinking about the pandemic compared to other types of conspiracy thinking, and the belief in fake news about the coronavirus;
4) strategies for coping with the pandemic;
5) various indicators of the well-being of Poles.
We conducted two waves of the study on the same nationwide random-quota sample (March, May 2020; initial sample N = 1098; CAWI method).
Maria Baran (USWPS) presented our research in a speech “Changes in the attachment to groups, emotions, well-being, and behavior of Poles during the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic” [authors: K. Hamer (IPPAS), M. Baran (USWPS), M. Marchlewska (IPPAS), K. Kaniasty (IPPAS, Indiana University of Pennsylvania)]. Katarzyna Hamer answered the questions from the audience.
A post-conference chapter is in preparation.