Gratitude and future time perspective during the COVID-19 pandemic: Effects of age and virus worry

Mathias Allemand*, Gabriel Olaru, Patrick L. Hill

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

The current study examined the nature of gratitude and future time perspective (FTP) during the COVID-19 pandemic, focusing on the effects of age and virus worry on the associations between gratitude and remaining opportunities and time. Data came from a survey of a representative sample of Swiss adults (N = 1,008; 18-90 years) assessed during the pandemic in 2020. Local structural equation modeling (LSEM) was used to investigate the effects of continuous age and virus worry on mean-levels and correlations. While gratitude was unaffected by age and worry, the remaining opportunities and time factors of FTP decreased across age and levels of worry. The associations between gratitude and the FTP factors were invariant across age and levels of worry. Additionally, using previous cross-sectional data, the study found that associations between gratitude and future time perspective were significantly smaller during the pandemic as compared to an assessment in 2018.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Positive Psychology
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 2021

Keywords

  • COVID-19
  • gratitude
  • future time perspective
  • remaining opportunities and time
  • virus worry
  • local structural equation modeling (LSEM)
  • OF-FIT INDEXES
  • COVARIANCE STRUCTURE
  • POSITIVE EMOTIONS
  • COPING STYLE
  • OPPORTUNITIES
  • INTELLIGENCE
  • PERSONALITY
  • ADULTHOOD
  • VARIABLES
  • ATTACKS

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