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COVIDiSTRESS global survey – How is Coronavirus affecting your life?

Aarhus University, Denmark

This research is being conducted by researchers around the world. They want to map out all the factors, that might affects people’s psychological wellbeing and their ability to make good decisions during the COVID-19 (or “Coronavirus”) outbreak all over the world. Researchers form many countries are collaborating on this project, to help scientists and decision makers to help and communicate. Round one data collection was concluded May 30. 2020.

  • Disziplin: Sozial, Wirtschaft, Bildung, Gesundheit, Psychologie
  • Forschungsmethode: Quantitativ
  • Forschungsdesign: Primärerhebung, Offene Befragung (selbstselektiert), Weitere Daten (z. B. Einzelinterview, Web Scraping, Laborwerte etc.)
  • Erhebungsstatus: Ergebnisse veröffentlicht, Daten zugänglich

Ziel der Studie

The COVIDiSTRESS global survey is an international collaborative undertaking for data gathering on human experiences, behavior and attitudes during the COVID-19 pandemic. In particular, the survey focuses on psychological stress, compliance with behavioral guidelines to slow the spread of Coronavirus, and trust in governmental institutions and their preventive measures, but multiple further items and scales are included for descriptive statistics, further analysis and comparative mapping between participating countries.


To gather comparable data swiftly from across the globe, when the Coronavirus started making a critical impact on societies and individuals, the collaboration and survey was constructed as an urgent collaborative process. Individual contributors and groups in the COVIDiSTRESS network (see below) conducted translations to each language and shared online links by their own best means in each country.
In this OSF-project you will find pre-registrations (including of the survey itself) and data as they are extracted
Data is being collected by committed researchers in 43+ countries. Data is collected through online means, mainly based on social snowballing, viral spread and help from interested partners including media.
Data collection ran in the time period March 30 to May 30, 2020, with a provision to extend should the COVID-19/Coronavirus situation still be serious, and data collection of interest to the COVIDiSTRESS network. Data from the soft launch in Denmark on March 26 is included in the dataset, as no gross changes to the survey occurred after.
Data collection is anonymous. Further, to avoid collecting sensitive information, the survey explicitly does not ask participants about contagion or clinical symptoms related to COVID-
19, or other illnesses they might be diagnosed with. Data collection is conducted in Qualtrics by the University of Aarhus, Denmark. Researchers participating in the COVIDiSTRESS global survey network have been asked to seek IRB/Ethical approval for their participation as fitting their local standards. The Aarhus University IRB legal department has granted a waiver to proceed urgently with data collection.