What is it about?

We looked at the impacts of Covid-19 during the first weeks of its outbreak in Malta. Within days of the first case being announced, government had put in place a number of restrictions, including a lockdown for the elderly. To understand the effects of this, we designed a survey which was taken by almost 2,000 respondents. The data made it very evident that by the end of March, happiness and life satisfaction had declined considerably in Malta. We also found that social and outdoor activities that normally predict wellbeing failed to predict wellbeing at all. The elderly and those exposed to Covid-19 or concerned about it were the ones that were impacted worst while those with university degree were least likely to be impacted negatively. Factors which contributed to enhanced wellbeing during the outbreak including working from home, engaging in sport, artistic or voluntary work.

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Why is it important?

As governments struggled to contain the COVID-19 pandemic and its economic fallout, people across the globe felt the impacts on their lifestyle - and consequently on their wellbeing. Our findings suggest that there may be scope for governments to tackle the disparties in wellbeing that Covid-19 caused. They also suggest that there is scope for promoting safe engagement in activities like sport, creative work and voluntary work as well as work from home for these factors were found to be positively associated with wellbeing.


Within days of the first case of Covid-19 being reported in Malta, it felt to me like there was no other topic that merited research more than this. Leading this research project on Covid-19 not only gave me the satisfaction of contributing useful insights to society in a timely way, but also shed light on how I could deal with the situation better as it unfolded on a more personal level.

Marie Briguglio
University of Malta

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This page is a summary of: Well-being disparities during the COVID-19 outbreak: Evidence from Malta., Traumatology An International Journal, December 2021, American Psychological Association (APA), DOI: 10.1037/trm0000323.
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