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Dear Participants,
Thank you for your interest in our study concerning the influence of crisis situations on well-being. Since the spread of the coronavirus (Sars-CoV-2) we find ourselves in a challenging situation concerning our physical health, our emotional well-being and the solidarity in our society. At the end of February 2022 another exceptional situation emerged with the outbreak of war in Ukraine, which poses an additional major challenge for many people.

We consider it incredibly important to gain knowledge about the well-being of people in this period of crisis. Against this background, we cordially invite you to participate in our study. Together we can make a scientific contribution to the dealings with this and similar crisis situations.

Structure of the study

The study is divided thematically into five blocks. You will go through four of these five blocks immediately today and again after the study is completed. The fifth block will be assessed via multiple daily short surveys, by means of emails containing invitations, sent to you several times a day over the next four weeks. On each page of today’s survey, you can identify which block you are in by looking at the banner at the top of the page.

To thank you for your participation, you will receive personalized feedback regularly. Moreover, we will hold a raffle with cash prizes worth of 7,500€, and we will donate 1€ for each participant to one of three aid organizations. Here is additional information regarding the individual components of the study:

The preliminary and final survey

Today's pre-survey and the final survey taken in four weeks will each take about 45-50 minutes to complete. To begin, we will first ask you a few general questions (e.g., regarding your age or gender). You will then proceed through the following four blocks: Personal Attitudes, Well-Being, COVID-19, and Politics.

The daily short surveys

For the next four weeks, we will contact you several times a day by email with an invitation to participate in a short survey. We will distinguish between two types of short surveys:

  • Every day, you will receive four invitations to participate in a short survey at random time points between 9:00 am and 6:00 pm. This short survey (about 3 minutes) will always refer to the last hour. Once you receive the invitation, you will always have 45 minutes to participate in the survey. Then the invitation will expire.
  • Every day, you will also receive a fixed invitation at 7:00 pm. In this daily survey (about 2 minutes) you can reflect on your attitudes and experiences of the day, similar to journaling. You can fill out this daily survey at any time during the rest of the evening (the invitation expires at midnight).

The feedback

At the end of each week (after 7, 14, and 21 days), we will provide you with feedback on various aspects assessed in the study. For example, you will learn about the situations in which you are particularly productive, how your sleep patterns have evolved over the month, and how you spent your time. With each week, we can provide you with more comprehensive and reliable feedback.

Please note that in order for us to provide you with the weekly feedback, you must have completed at least 20% of the short surveys.

Finally, when you have successfully completed the study, you will receive a detailed final report in which we will give you feedback on your personality, emotional experience, and many other aspects. Here you will learn how you personally are dealing with the COVID-19 crisis and what your coping strategies are.

The raffle and the donations

In the voucher raffle, your chances of winning are in your own hands! The more regularly you participate in the short surveys, the higher the prizes you can win. The raffle is structured as follows:

With our research, we not only want to make a scientific contribution to coping with the COVID-19 crisis, but we also want to actively support the fight against crises such as the COVID-19 pandemic, environmental degradation or child suffering. Therefore, we will donate 1€ for each participant to one of three aid organizations (up to a total amount of 10,000€). After your successful participation, you can decide whether you want to support Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), World Wildlife Fund (WWF), or Save the Children.

Please be aware that all participants can only take part in the raffle, initiate a donation, and receive the final report, if they fulfill at least the requirements for level 1!

Please note that you may only participate if you are at least 18 years old!

We appreciate your interest and support.

Your CoCo team
of WWU Münster, LMU Munich, and the Osnabrück University.

Contact persons:
Thomas Reiter (LMU Munich)
Julian Scharbert (WWU Münster)
Julian ter Horst (Osnabrück University)

Contact and information:
https://coco-study.org/en/

"Coping with Corona" (CoCo)
WWU Münster | LMU München | Uni Osnabrück
Info and contact: https://coco-study.org/en/