Big Five traits predict stress and loneliness during the COVID-19 pandemic: Evidence for the role of neuroticism

Ikizer, Gözde
Kowal, Marta
Aldemir, İlknur Dilekler
Jeftić, Alma
Memişoğlu Sanlı, Aybegüm
Najmussaqib, Arooj
Lacko, David
Eichel, Kristina
Turk, Fidan
Chrona, Stavroula
Ahmed, Oli
Rasmussen, Jesper
Kumaga, Raisa
Uddin, Muhammad Kamal
Reynoso-Alcántara, Vicenta
Pankowski, Daniel
Coll-Martín, Tao
© 2022 Elsevier LtdThe rapid outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) has affected citizens' daily lives in an unprecedented way. To curb the spread of the pandemic, governments have taken numerous measures such as social distancing and quarantine, which may be associated with psychological consequences, namely stress and loneliness globally. To understand differential associations of personality traits with psychological consequences of COVID-19, we utilize data from a sample of 99,217 individuals from 41 countries collected as part of the COVIDiSTRESS Global Survey. Data were analyzed using multigroup confirmatory factor analysis and multilevel regression models. Findings showed that while some of the associations were rather weak, Big Five personality traits were significantly associated with perceived stress and loneliness during the pandemic. Our study illustrates that neuroticism especially can be a vulnerability factor for stress and loneliness in times of crisis and can contribute to detection of at-risk individuals and optimization of psychological treatments during or after the COVID-19 pandemic.
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G. Ikizer et al., “Big Five traits predict stress and loneliness during the COVID-19 pandemic: Evidence for the role of neuroticism,” Personality and Individual Differences, vol. 190, pp. 0–0, 2022, Accessed: 00, 2022. [Online]. Available: