Kinsey Institute COVID-19 Research

Kinsey Institute researchers are working to investigate and document the effects of the coronavirus pandemic on our sexual and romantic lives, and long-term effects on our emotional and mental wellbeing.

Current and Upcoming Studies

STUDY: Sex and Relationships in the Time of COVID-19

The purpose of this study is to better understand the romantic and sexual lives of adults during the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic (2020).

STUDY: Mental Health and Coping During the COVID-19 Pandemic

The purpose of this study, conducted by the Kinsey Institute's Traumatic Stress Research Consortium (KI-TSRC), is to learn how a person’s history and body stress reactions impact how they cope with the danger and uncertainty of an ongoing situation, specifically, the COVID-19 pandemic. Now collecting data.

STUDY: Impact of COVID-19 on Safety and Mental Health

The purpose of this study is to examine how COVID-19 and the social distancing associated with COVID-19 are impacting individuals’ safety, relationships, and mental health. Now collecting data.

STUDY: Marital Quality, Sexual Behavior and Reproductive Health and the COVID-19 Pandemic

The purpose of this study, conducted by the Kinsey Institute Condom Use Research Team (KI-CURT), is to determine how the coronavirus pandemic is affecting marital quality, sexual behavior, reproductive planning and health, and individual and family well-being.

Research Publications

Lehmiller, J.L., Garcia, J.R., Gesselman, A.N., & Mark, K.P. (In Press). Less sex, but more sexual diversity: Changes in sexual behavior during the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. Leisure Sciences.

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