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Psychological Impact of the COVID-19: Global perspectives in a time of crisis

Goal: The growing novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak has impacted the lives of billions worldwide. As of March 28, 2020, will top more than 600,000 diagnoses in over 130 nations across 6 continents – with a death toll surpassing 27,000. While the fatality rate of COVID-19 is lower than SARS or MERS, COVID-19 is far more contagious, and ergo arguably more disruptive than its predecessors. Numerous governments have implemented strict health policies and travel restrictions, leading to disruptions in everyday life and causing anxiety as well as frustration among global citizens. Therefore, it is necessary to investigate the impact of COVID-19 from a variety of psychological and sociocultural perspectives.
This project we are curious about several things:
1. How minority members and majority members may differ toward the COVID-19 outbreak?
2. How has interpersonal relationships changed as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak?
3. How has their general life changed ?
4. Do certain groups feel more discrimination since the outbreak?
We are currently collecting data over 15 locations (countries/regions):
1. Mainland China 2. Hong Kong, 3. Indonesia, 4. India, 5. Thailand, 6. Philippines, 7. South Korea, 8. Japan, 9. US, 10. Bosnia/Croatia, 11. United Kingdom, 12. Dutch, 13. Poland, 14. Israel,15. Germany, 16. Iran, 17. Pakistan
If you are interested in more information or joining the project, please message me!
Stay safe and healthy during this global crisis.

Date: 5 March 2020

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Steve Kulich
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As the early COVID-19 outbreak sparked xenophobia against people of Asian and Chinese background, we collected data from Chinese migrants worldwide to test how discrimination at a macro-level was perceived by the Chinese during COVID-19 globally. Specifically, we examined (1) whether/how the Chinese migrants were aware of discrimination against their co-nationals during COVID; (2) if so, whether anger was a predominant reaction of these Chinese towards certain exposure to relevant information; (3) how responses of anger transcend across the group of Chinese migrants. Integrating the ecological approach to media and cultural psychology, as well as the intergroup perspective of social psychology, we conducted a study that explored the impact of traditional media exposure to discrimination on collective anger-a process mediated by national identity among the Chinese migrants. Findings provide some evidence that geographically dispersed mono-cultural groups may share or identify with collective emotions when facing xenophobic threats in a macro context. Further examination of cultural distance (between China and the host country) among the Chinese migrants also revealed a particular interaction between host newspaper coverage and cultural distance on national identity. These findings suggest further research to examine the emotional norms of similar cultures bonded via strong collective identities in times of intergroup threat and the theoretical possibility for diasporic identity processes.
Steve Kulich
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The leaders of IAIR provide an urgent call for cross-and intercultural scholars to reexamine many of the related themes and classic or contemporary study areas of "intercultural communication" and "intercultural relations" in light of the impacts that the novel coronal (COVID-19) pandemic is having on human interaction both across and within our social-cultural contexts. As scholars focusing on intercultural communications/relations, education, management, psychology, and social issues, the global COVID-19 pandemic has revealed a range of intercultural problems or issues that need to be researched to better addressed related aspects of human suffering, social disruption, and economic inequalities. New research projects/papers need to address how these impact key intercultural theme/topic areas like cultural attributions/expectations, values/beliefs, identities, perceptions/stereotypes/prejudice, language/speech codes, cultural systems/patterns, acculturation/adaptation, intercultural effectiveness/sensitivity/competence, and conflict (Kulich et al., 2020, Table 3.7). Some research areas and applications potentially affected by COVIC are highlighted, including our sense of national/international identity and cooperation, our mediated or actual social networks, our ways of framing or carrying out intercultural or cross-cultural cooperation, new issues emerging in inter-group contact, how we apply cross-cultural taxonomies or dimensions to analyze data, and how these ultimately affect our relationships with each other across all levels of culture (from dyads, to groups, sub-or co-cultures) or express and affirm interculturality at such times. Each area is highlighted by calls for specific types of intercultural research to address these challenges and opportunities. "With these intense and unprecedented global challenges in mind, what does intercultural research offer to the world at this time?"
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This project involves more than 30 researchers from 25 countries in more than 15 languages. This is a brief presentation highlighting current phase of data collection with the measures we've been using and overall data collection sites and expected sample sizes. I've also provided some brief expected results or anticipated findings. I am still Data processing and cleaning! We have a LOT more work to do, but a BIG THANK YOU TO my Collaboration team members!
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Dear collaborators,
Thanks you for your hard work and pushing the project up and beyond my original expectations and intentions. It's grown organically to cover more than 24 countries with in-site data collection, BUT we have data from people in MORE than 50 countries! It's a lot of additional processing to get data organized and ready, but will keep you posted.
We are hoping to CLOSE data collection by May 10th as we recently go a collaborator in Russia and Bangladesh.
Best wishes and stay healthy,
Alex
 
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We are receiving global interest from all major continents. Currently we have collected data from over 4000 people worldwide, including people experiencing the COVID-19 while living abroad and others who are hunkered down in their homes for weeks on end. Our project now welcomes new collaborators from Bangladesh, Japan, Columbia, and Norway.
 
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We currently have the surveys online and running in: English, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Croatian/Bosnian, Indonesian, Farsi and Polish.
Our team is working on Spanish, German and Arabic translations as we speak!!
 
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The growing novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak has impacted the lives of billions worldwide. As of March 28, 2020, will top more than 600,000 diagnoses in over 130 nations across 6 continents – with a death toll surpassing 27,000. While the fatality rate of COVID-19 is lower than SARS or MERS, COVID-19 is far more contagious, and ergo arguably more disruptive than its predecessors. Numerous governments have implemented strict health policies and travel restrictions, leading to disruptions in everyday life and causing anxiety as well as frustration among global citizens. Therefore, it is necessary to investigate the impact of COVID-19 from a variety of psychological and sociocultural perspectives.
This project we are curious about several things:
1. How minority members and majority members may differ toward the COVID-19 outbreak?
2. How has interpersonal relationships changed as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak?
3. How has their general life changed ?
4. Do certain groups feel more discrimination since the outbreak?
We are currently collecting data over 15 locations (countries/regions):
1. Mainland China 2. Hong Kong, 3. Indonesia, 4. India, 5. Thailand, 6. Philippines, 7. South Korea, 8. Japan, 9. US, 10. Bosnia/Croatia, 11. United Kingdom, 12. Dutch, 13. Poland, 14. Israel,15. Germany, 16. Iran, 17. Pakistan
If you are interested in more information or joining the project, please message me!
Stay safe and healthy during this global crisis.