Acculturation and Adaptation to COVID-19

Project Abstract

Seven months after China notified the World Health Organization of a new virus (i.e., SARS-COV-2) that causes deadly pneumonia, COVID-19 (as the disease was later dubbed) had spread to almost every corner of the world. Although it may seem that COVID-19 has been with us for years, it was less than eight months ago when it was declared a pandemic. Thus, it is perhaps not surprising that the global efforts to curb the spread seems erratic, poorly coordinated, and sclerotic at best. To prevent the virus from spreading uncontrollably, national governments and public health authorities are relying on a combination of three key top-down measures: testing and quarantine; changes in behavior that reduce transmission (e.g., social distancing, wearing of masks); and targeted lockdowns of outbreak hotspots. The prolonged cautious life that resembles normality aimed at reducing the spread of the covid-19 may be referred to as the “new normal”. This study therefore seeks to explore the realities of, and the adjustments to living for months or even years amidst the outbreak in the countries of Ghana, Norway, and the United States, using acculturation theory as a theoretical framework.


Midwestern Psychological Association 2020 Conference (April 22-24, 2021)

Funding Type

Research Grant

Academic College

College of Humanities and Fine Arts


Experimental Psychology


Master of Science




Esther Malm, PhD

Academic College

College of Humanities and Fine Arts

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