Given the importance of friendships during challenging times and the mixed associations between personality traits and disease-related behaviors, we investigated the correlations between personality traits and perceptions of friendships during the COVID-19 pandemic. Data were collected as part of a longitudinal investigation of the correlations between the pandemic and various cooperative relationships. In this investigation, we found that agreeableness and neuroticism predicted participants being more concerned about COVID-19 and bothered by friends' risky behavior, and extraversion predicted enjoying helping friends during the pandemic. Our results suggest that personality differences are associated with how individuals cope with friends' risky behaviors during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Ayers, Jessica D.; Guevara Beltrán, Diego; Van Horn, Andrew; Cronk, Lee; Hurmuz-Sklias, Hector; Todd, Peter M.; and Aktipis, Athena. (2023). "COVID-19 and Friendships: Agreeableness and Neuroticism are Associated with More Concern About COVID-19 and Friends' Risky Behaviors". Personality and Individual Differences, 213, 112297. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.paid.2023.112297
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