COVID-19, social support, emotional affect, communication


Communication | Social and Behavioral Sciences


Dr. Lawrence Burns


This pilot study measured emotional affect, social support, and use of digital communication technologies during the early 2020 COVID-19 stay at home order in Michigan among 65 Grand Valley State University Alumni Association members. The study used an online survey and was designed to examine the relationship between digital communication and social support during physical social distancing, and how this impacted emotional affect. Overall, the pilot study found largely unchanged reported emotional affect and social support before and during the stay at home order. A future study with larger sample size would aim to find if these results are replicated and examine correlation between scores on the affect and social support measures, digital communication frequency and type, and demographic variables.

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