COVID-19 beyond concrete: the effect of public policies on prejudices and the adjustement’s processes of the Canadian population during a crisis

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COVID-19 beyond concrete: the effect of public policies on prejudices and the adjustement’s processes of the Canadian population during a crisis

  • Research Team: Donald M. Taylor (Department of Psychology, Université de Montréal) , Jean-Marc Lina (Department of Electrical Engineering, École de Technologie Supérieure de Montréal), Dietlind Stolle (Department of Political Science, McGill) , Mathieu Pelletier-Dumas (Postdoc, Université de Montréal)
  • Partners: Institut de Recherche en Santé du Canada, CSDC, SSHRC, Laboratoire sur les changements sociaux et l’identité, Université de Montréal, McGill, École de Technologie Supérieure de Montréal

  • Grant: Operating Grant: COVID-19 – Social dynamics, communication and trust – Canadian Institutes of Health Research (02/2020 – 02/2022)

  • Project description

The overall goal of the project is to study the social consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic on Canadians so that we can respond in a way that optimizes the overall resilience of our society. Our objective is to understand the impact of public policies on prejudice (e.g. towards people of Chinese origin) and behaviour in the context of the crisis. First, a longitudinal pan-Canadian questionnaire is distributed to a large sample every two weeks over a 5-month period to provide a global portrait of the Canadian population in times of crisis. Next, a series of experimental studies will be conducted, testing, among other things, the effectiveness of different formulations of public messages on the population’s adherence to them. A qualitative study (interviews) will also be conducted to understand how people of Chinese origin in Canada are experiencing the current crisis.

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  • Non academic publications

April 2020, UdeM Nouvelles – Étudier l’effet des politiques publiques sur les préjugés et les processus d’adaptation à la crise de la COVID-19 – Dominique Nancy, interview with Roxane de la Sablonnière