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Wanted: Multinational Study on Compassion during COVID-19 Pandemic

Date : June 27, 2020
Location : Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z4

Compassion, social connectedness and trauma resilience during the COVID-19 pandemic: A multi-national study

Would you like to participate in this research?

2020 has already been a very challenging year. So much change and upheaval has been thrust upon us, largely as a result of the global COVID-19 virus pandemic. The virus itself is of great concern, and the effects of public health measures, such as closing down of businesses and instructing people to stay at home, have caused inevitably difficult consequences to people’s work, finances, social and relational
lives, and mental health all around the world.

In response to these difficult times, a multinational team of researchers from 18 countries (Portugal, Spain, Italy, France, United Kingdom, Denmark, Slovakia, United States of America, Canada, Australia, Japan, Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Peru, Uruguay, Mexico, Brazil), headed by Dr Marcela Matos from University of Coimbra in Portugal, have come together to investigate the psychological impact of this pandemic. We are wishing to explore the effects of this pandemic on our sense of social safeness, our experience of trauma, how we have coped, and how we might grow from this experience. Importantly, we are interested in understanding the potentially buffering role of compassion and self-compassion in all of this.

The lead researcher in Canada is Dr. Allison Kelly at the University of Waterloo in Waterloo, Ontario. Her email address is This study has been reviewed and received ethics clearance through a University of Waterloo Research Ethics Committee.

We would dearly appreciate any help you can give us by completing the survey at the link below. It takes approximately 30 minutes to complete, and you will be asked to repeat the survey on two further occasions, in three months and then in six months time.

Thank you very much for considering being a part of this important study! You can find more information by clicking the link for Canadians:



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