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| Published: June 25, 2020

A study on optimism amidst COVID-19

Vidhi Mahanot

Ph.D. Scholar, G. D. Goenka University, Haryana, India Google Scholar More about the auther

, Dr. Meenakshi Chauhan

Assistant Professor, G. D. Goenka University, Haryana, India Google Scholar More about the auther

DIP: 18.01.006/20200802

DOI: 10.25215/0802.006

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The aim of this study was to assess if the optimism level is affected because of the outbreak of the COVID-19 epidemic among people residing in Delhi and Gurugram. “Dispositional optimism is defined as a general tendency to expect positive outcomes” (C.S Carver, 2010) The sample for the study was selected purposively and administered with an online survey using the Revised Life Orientation Test (LOT-R) for measuring their optimism dispositions. At the same time the survey asked the sample if they feel that COVID-19 has had an effect on their optimism levels. The results show that despite the outbreak of this virus wherein World Health Organization(WHO) has declared that COVID -19 has infected more than 100000 people across the globe, majority of the sample from which data was collected, reported that their optimism was not affected even though more than 75% of them had low and moderate optimism disposition levels. A review on the possible reason for such high levels of optimism was assessed.

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ISSN 2348-5396

ISSN 2349-3429

18.01.006/20200802

10.25215/0802.006

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Published in   Volume 08, Issue 2, April- June, 2020