FSD3618 Narratives of Everyday Life during the COVID-19 Pandemic 2021

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  • Vasara, Paula (University of Jyväskylä. Department of Social Sciences and Philosophy)


COVID-19, family life, fear, friends, hobbies, loneliness, social support, telework


The dataset consists of self-administered written texts on everyday life during the COVID-19 pandemic. The study aimed to collect information on how people experienced life during the corona pandemic. Participants were invited to write about their future expectations and their lives before and during the pandemic. They were also asked to write about any topics that had been important and relevant to them in the context of the pandemic.

The writing guidelines included questions to facilitate writing. The questions prompted the participants to consider whether the COVID-19 pandemic had caused changes in their life or whether their life had remained mostly the same. The participants were asked whether they had formed any new habits or started spending time in new places during the pandemic. Additionally, the guidelines instructed the participants to write about their expectations for the future and their relationship to their own home. The participants could also write a description of their typical day during the pandemic.

Background information included the participant's gender, age group, and whether the participant lived in an urban or rural environment. The data were organised into an easy to use HTML version at FSD.

The dataset is only available in Finnish.

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