The Association between COVID-19-Related Wellbeing with Materialism and Perceived Threat

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Original languageEnglish
Article number912
Journal / PublicationInternational Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Issue number2
Online published14 Jan 2022
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2022



The ongoing coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic has had a profound impact on people’s wellbeing. Here, we proposed that an individual characteristic might be associated with wellbeing; that is, materialism. Specifically, we conducted three studies (total N = 3219) to examine whether people with high levels of materialism would experience poorer wellbeing (i.e., anxiety and depression, in the current case). The results showed that materialism was positively associated with depression (Studies 1A, 1B and 2) and anxiety (Study 2). Moreover, such a relationship was mediated by people’s perceived threat of COVID-19 (Study 2). These findings were observed in both Chinese and American people. The findings are discussed in terms of their theoretical and practical contributions.

Research Area(s)

  • Anxiety, COVID-19, Depression, Materialism, Perceived threat, Wellbeing

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