Project

COVID19 social distancing effects on social engagement, loneliness, wellbeing and physical activity in Scottish older adults, and an exploration of potential ameliorating strategies.

Funded by Chief Scientist Office.

This project will take an online mixed methods survey approach to understanding the impact of social distancing and self-isolation on social engagement, loneliness, wellbeing and physical activity engagement. It will also examine potential positive strategies that individuals are using to minimise the impact of social distancing on their socialising and physical activity engagement, including use of technology. It will focus mainly but not exclusively on older adults, as a particularly at-risk group, in order to understand the physical and mental impact of social distancing and potential ways to ameliorate this.

Total award value £52,289.00

People (8)

People

Professor Anna Whittaker
Professor Anna Whittaker

Professor of Behavioural Medicine, Sport

Professor Louise McCabe
Professor Louise McCabe

Professor, Dementia and Ageing

Professor Karen Watchman
Professor Karen Watchman

Professor, Health Sciences Stirling

Dr Jenni Connelly
Dr Jenni Connelly

Lecturer, Sport

Dr Andrew Kirkland
Dr Andrew Kirkland

Lecturer, Sport

Professor Tess Kay
Professor Tess Kay

Deputy Dean and Head of Sport, Sport

Professor Ronan O'Carroll
Professor Ronan O'Carroll

Professor, Psychology

Professor Ronan O'Carroll
Professor Ronan O'Carroll

Professor, Psychology

Outputs (5)

Outputs

Article

Tomaz SA, Ryde GC, Swales B, Neely KC, Andreis F, Coffee P, Connelly J, Kirkland A, McCabe L, Watchman K, Martin JG, Pina I & Whittaker AC (2022) ". . . Exercise opportunities became very important": Scottish older adults' changes in physical activity during Covid19'. European Review of Aging and Physical Activity, 19, Art. No.: 16. https://doi.org/10.1186/s11556-022-00295-z

Article

Tomaz SA, Coffee P, Ryde GC, Swales B, Neely KC, Connelly J, Kirkland A, McCabe L, Watchman K, Andreis F, Martin JG, Pina I & Whittaker AC (2021) Loneliness, Wellbeing, and Social Activity in Scottish Older Adults Resulting from Social Distancing during the COVID-19 Pandemic. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 18 (9), Art. No.: 4517. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18094517

Conference Paper (unpublished)

Whittaker AC, Tomaz SA, Ryde G, Connelly J, Coffee P, Kirkland A, McCabe L, Watchman K, Andreis F, Swales B, Martin JG, Pina I & Neely KC (2020) Loneliness, social support and wellbeing in Scottish older adults as a result of social distancing during the Covid19 pandemic. American Psychosomatic Society 2020 Virtual Meeting, Online, 03.12.2020-04.12.2020. https://psychosomatic.org/meetings/annual-meeting-2020/

Conference Paper (unpublished)

Whittaker AC, Tomaz SA, Coffee P, Ryde G, Connelly J, Kirkland A, McCabe L, Watchman K, Andreis F, Neely KC, Swales B, Martin JG & Pina I (2020) Impact of Covid19 social distancing on the social and mental health of Scottish older adults. Scottish Physical Activity Research Connections 2020 Digital Conference, Online, 11.11.2020-18.11.2020. https://www.sparc.education.ed.ac.uk/conference-2020/

Conference Paper (unpublished)

Tomaz SA, Ryde G, Connelly J, Swales B, Martin JG, Pina I, Neely KC, Coffee P, Kirkland A, Andreis F, McCabe L, Watchman K & Whittaker AC (2020) The impact of Covid19 on Scottish older adults’ physical activity: Changes and associations with wellbeing. Scottish Physical Activity Research Connections 2020 Digital Conference, Online, 11.11.2020-18.11.2020. https://www.sparc.education.ed.ac.uk/conference-2020/