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Uniwersytet Śląski w Katowicach

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Research topic: The sense of the quality of Polish students during the pandemic. The role of subjective resources and external resources

Description: Research conducted by the team on the well-being and quality of life of students of Polish universities during the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic. Socio-economic changes have significantly influenced the lives of Poles, especially the lives of young people. The necessity to adopt social distance principles and the orders to stay at home and isolate exacerbate mental problems. These problems are exacerbated by the stress caused by losing a job or the threat of losing it. The pandemic also contributed to the transfer of academic education to the virtual space, forcing immediate adaptation to this form of education, both among academic teachers and students. The latter left the city’s academic centers and returned to their hometowns. The mechanisms of social life known to all have ceased to apply. We have all been forced to adapt to the new rules. This undoubtedly influenced changes in terms of well-being and quality of life. The research undertaken by the team focuses on young people. On the one hand, they start their education at a higher level, and on the other hand, finish their studies in the uncertainty of tomorrow.

In research on well-being and quality of life, the team will use the worldwide, standardized WHOQOL-26 tool: MeasuringQuality of Life. Research of this type has been conducted under the aegis of WHO since 1998. This will enable comparative analyzes of the period of the pandemic and the one before it.

In a research project, we are looking for answers to the following main research questions:

How do students rate their own psychological well-being and quality of life in the current pandemic situation? Are personal resources (dispositional properties) in the form of key basic self-evaluation (self-esteem, internal locus of control, self-efficacy) and social support significant predictors of students’ well-being and quality of life in the current pandemic situation?

In our research, we will also investigate the relationship between remote education and digital hygiene and students’ sense of well-being.

Keywords: the quality of life, thewell-being, students, the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic

Research team: Elżbieta Turska, Adam Bartoszek, Natalia Stępień-Lampa, Tomasz Kopczyński


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