Cocking, C, Vestergren, SK ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-0514-6749, Ntontis, E and Luzynska, K (2022) ‘All together now’: Facilitators and barriers to mutual aid during the first UK COVID-19 lockdown, and implications for community resilience. PsyArXiv. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

<p>Despite undeniable hardship, the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic also saw an outpour of community solidarity and mutual aid towards those in need. This study explored why people participated in mutual aid, as well as the factors that contributed to continued involvement and/or its decline. We conducted remote interviews with 18 people in South-east England who had been involved in volunteering and local community support groups during the first UK lockdown from March to May 2020. Using thematic approaches to data analysis, we identified two broad themes: 1) Shared social identities and mutual support, and 2) Enduring connections and barriers to continued participation. Participants often reported an emergent shared identity, preferring the localised nature of these groups and the associated mutual nature of support. They also reported intentions to continue providing such support, should the need arise again, and any barriers to continued involvement in mutual aid were better explained by structural and systemic issues, rather than individual, motivational factors. Implications for pandemic response are discussed and future research suggested.</p>

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Additional Information: This in an unpublished version, uploaded to a preprint server. Any information relating to being published will be updated when available. For any information other information regarding copyrights and more, please go to PsyArXiv.
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Natural Sciences > School of Psychology
Depositing User: Symplectic
Date Deposited: 18 May 2022 08:10
Last Modified: 18 May 2022 08:10
URI: https://eprints.keele.ac.uk/id/eprint/10931

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