Creative Adaptability and Emotional Well-Being During the COVID-19 Pandemic: An International Study

Hod Orkibi, Adar Ben-Eliyahu, Roni Reiter-Palmon, Ines Testoni, Gianmarco Biancalani, Vignesh Murugavel, Fei Gu

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Abstract

The putative associations between creative adaptability and the experience of emotional well-being (i.e., a positivity ratio of more positive than negative emotions) was investigated during the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak with a sample of 1,432 adults from four countries: Israel (n = 310), United States (n = 312), Italy (n = 378), and China (n = 569). Country differences and a mediation model for creative adaptability predicting emotional well-being through creative self-efficacy, resilient coping, and emotion regulation (reappraisal and suppression) were examined. The findings point to slight differences in countries, which are potentially due not only to the culture but also to the phase of the pandemic. More consistently, creative adaptability was positively associated with creative self-efficacy, resilient coping, and reappraisal emotion regulation in all countries. Regarding mediation, in the Israeli, Italian, and Chinese samples, creative adaptability was positively related to resilient coping, which was positively related to emotional well-being. Similar relations were found for creative self-efficacy as a mediator in the United States and Chinese samples. In the Chinese sample, creative adaptability was positively associated with suppression, which was negatively associated with emotional well-being. These results are suggestive of the role of creative adaptability in dealing with the emotional burden associated with the COVID-19 crisis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)245–255
JournalPsychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts
Volume18
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 2024

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Keywords

  • Coronavirus
  • adaptability
  • creative self-efficacy
  • emotion regulation
  • positivity ratio

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Visual Arts and Performing Arts
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Applied Psychology

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