COVID Coping and Home Design (09-27-21)

Chesterman, de Pattista, and Causse evaluated the during-lockdown experiences of people living in France.  They found that “Household affordances were found to be a positive factor of lockdown coping and resilience. . . . larger residences are positively related to resilience, and suggests that household affordances such as private areas, space to practice a physical activity, access to outdoors, adequate workspace, and proximity to healthcare services (…), are integral to coping with lockdown and building resilience. . . . . our results indicate that increasing affordances of the home during lockdown would have positive effects no matter the social position. . . . individuals with outdoor access during lockdown adopted more problem-focused and less emotion-focused coping strategies than those with no outdoor access.  . . . . Specific, modifiable affordances, such as Internet access, access to outdoor spaces, neighbourly support programs, and availability of sporting apparatus, should be a focus in future lockdowns as they were associated with higher levels of coping strategies and resilience.”

A. Chesterman, M. de Pattista, and E. Causse.  2021.  “Effects of Social Position and Household Affordances on COVID-19 Lockdown Resilience and Coping.”  Journal of Environmental Psychology, vol. 78, 101687,