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

Gözde Ikizer*, Marta Kowal, İlknur Dilekler Aldemir, Alma Jeftić, Aybegum Memisoglu-Sanli, Arooj Najmussaqib, David Lacko, Kristina Eichel, Fidan Turk, Stavroula Chrona, Oli Ahmed, Jesper Rasmussen, Raisa Kumaga, Muhammad Kamal Uddin, Vicenta Reynoso-Alcántara, Daniel Pankowski, Tao Coll-Martín

*Corresponding author af dette arbejde

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The 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.

TidsskriftPersonality and Individual Differences
Antal sider5
StatusUdgivet - maj 2022


  • COVID-19
  • Personality
  • Big Five
  • Stress
  • Loneliness
  • Neuroticism


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