Romantic relationships and emotional difficulties and post-traumatic growth during the COVID-19 pandemic
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Katedra Humanizacji Medycyny i Seksuologii, Instytut Nauk o Zdrowiu, Uniwersytet Zielonogórski, Polska
Katedra Biomedycznych Podstaw Rozwoju i Seksuologii, Wydział Pedagogiczny, Uniwersytet Warszawski, Polska
Submission date: 2023-08-09
Final revision date: 2023-09-04
Acceptance date: 2023-09-11
Publication date: 2023-10-30
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Alicja Kozakiewicz   

Katedra Humanizacji Medycyny i Seksuologii, Instytut Nauk o Zdrowiu, Uniwersytet Zielonogórski, 65-046, Zielona Góra, Polska
Rozprawy Społeczne/Social Dissertations 2023;17(1):165–183
Abstract: The purpose of the study was to assess the level of emotional difficulties and post-traumatic growth in accordance with relationship quality and attachment style in a romantic relationship in view of selected sociodemographic variables. Material and methods: The cross-sectional study was conducted online in March 2022, and the subject of analysis is data on 1,332 adults in a relationship. The Post-Traumtic Growth (PTG) scale was used to measure post-traumatic growth, the Pandemic Emotional Difficulties (Pandemic-ED) scale was used to measure pandemic-related emotional difficulties. Relationship quality was measured with the Short Love Scale 12 (SLS-12) and The Experiences in Close Relationships-Relationship Structures (ECR-RS) scale. Results: Emotional difficulties were shown to be lower among those in relationships rated more positively, and rates of post-traumatic growth increased as relationship scores increased. Conclusions: The results presented allow to understand the impact of romantic relationships on individuals' functioning, thus providing indications for those working in the field of couples counseling.
The project implemented at the University of Warsaw was funded by the state budget. The funds were obtained from the Medical Research Agency (2021/ABM/COVID/UW). We would like to thank the University of Warsaw and the Medical Research Agency.
The project implemented at the University of Warsaw was funded by the state budget. The funds were obtained from the Medical Research Agency (2021/ABM/COVID/UW). We would like to thank the University of Warsaw and the Medical Research Agency.
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