At Home During the Pandemic (10-27-20)

Meagher and Cheadle researched links between mental health and home design during the COID-19 outbreak. They determined that people who were attached to their homes are less stressed and anxious.  As the researchers report, “Many people are spending more time in their homes due to work from home arrangements, stay at home orders, and closures of businesses and public gathering spaces. . . . we explored how one’s attachment to their home may help to buffer their mental health during this stressful time.  Data were collected from a three-wave . . . sampling. . . . Predictors of home attachment included . . . restorative ambience. . . . In the midst of increased mental health concerns and limited resources due to COVID-19, the home may buffer individuals from depressive and anxiety-related symptoms by functioning as a source of refuge, security, and stability.”  The researchers share that qualities associated with restoration include  “tranquility, rejuvenation, privacy.”    

Benjamin Meagher and Alyssa Cheadle.  “Distant from Others, But Close to Home:  The Relationship Between Home Attachment and Mental Health During COVID-19.”  Journal of Environmental Psychology, in press,