Psychology Department

Sleep and Dreams related to Emotion Regulation and Media Consumption during COVID-19 Social Distancing: Online Study


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Sleep and Dreams related to Emotion Regulation and Media Consumption during COVID-19 Social Distancing: Online Study
The COVID-19 pandemic and related social distancing is providing the opportunity to ask questions about the impact of the pandemic, social distancing, and the media surrounding these events on sleep, dreams, and emotions. Investigators at Hendrix College, UCA, UALR, and UC-Boulder as part of the Hendrix Well-Being Initiative are initiating an online survey to study some of the impacts.  We are seeking all adults (18+) to participate in a three-part study.  You can participate in one, two, or all three parts. Part 1: an online survey (20-30 min), Part 2: a daily diary study (15 min each day for 15 days), Part 3: an online survey (10-15 min).

There are three main purposes to this study:

1.     Determine if sleep, dreams, and emotion regulation are impacted

        by the COVID-19 pandemic and associated social distancing and media consumption.   

2.     Determine if daily mood and mood regulation predict sleep quality and dream content.

3.     Determine if sleep quality and dream content predict mood and mood regulation.


What will you do?                  

If you choose to participate, you’ll start with Part 1: a set of surveys that ask questions about demographic information, personality characteristics, your typical emotions, emotional coping strategies and behaviors related to sleep, and your experience of the COVID-19 pandemic and social distancing so far. You can do that right now and it should take around 20-30 minutes. When you finish Part 1, you’ll be given the chance to continue on or end your participation.  

If you choose to continue with Part 2, you’ll complete a morning and nighttime daily diary for the next 15 days (this will take about 10-15 minutes each day). Each morning, you'll indicate your sleep quality and report on any dreams you can remember from that night. Each evening, you'll tell us about your daily emotion, emotion regulation success, COVID-19 media consumption, and subjective feeling of social isolation for that day.

15 days after you participate in Part 1, we’ll write you and ask if you’d like to participate in Part 3.  You’ll complete follow-up questionnaires about sleep related behaviors, emotions, and your experience of the COVID-19 pandemic and social distancing for the past two weeks.

Who can participate?

  • Participants must be 18 years of age or older.
  • We are hoping to recruit as many participants as possible across all age groups to get a better understanding of the impact of COVID-19 and social distancing in the entire adult population.

What do you get?

As a thank you for your participation, you will be entered into up to 10 drawings depending on how much of the study you complete.

--For Part 1: On May 11th, we’ll draw from all participants who have completed Part 1 of the study for one of TWO Amazon gift cards worth $75. 

--For Part 2: For every day (one Evening entry and the subsequent Morning entry) of daily diaries you complete during the 15 days that follow your Part 1 entry, you will be entered into a drawing held on May 26th for one of FIVE Amazon gift cards worth $75. You do not have to remember a dream in order to complete a daily diary entry.

--For Part 3: On June 3rd, we’ll draw from all participants who have completed Part 3 of the study for one of THREE Amazon gift cards worth $75.

We will contact you after each drawing if you won a gift card.  If you work for Hendrix College, rather than receive an Amazon gift card, you will choose between a $75 addition to your next paycheck or to your OneCard.

How can I participate?

 

If you’re interested in participating in Part 1 of the study, please click on the link below or copy and paste it into your browser to provide your informed consent and take the surveys:

 https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/sleep-wellbeing-COVID

 

You can e-mail Dr. Peszka at peszka@hendrix.edu if you have any questions before you begin participation.