Project Title Qatari Social Attitudes and Well-Being: A Longitudinal Survey
LPI Diala Hawi
PIs Ahsan Nazeer, Kumar Yogeeswaran and Chris Sibley
Collaborations Sidra Medicine, University of Canterbury and University of Auckland
Funding Source QNRF- National Priorities Research Programs
Project Start Year 2019
Status Ongoing
Project Website
Abstract For decades, social scientific work has been compartmentalized and segregated, whereby knowledge in one area fails to reach practitioners and experts in other areas. There have been however recent calls for a more comprehensive and integrative understanding of human experience, stemming from a growing appreciation of the interconnectedness of various and perhaps seemingly unrelated processes. For example, research on social identity, intergroup relations, and group disparities have been linked to psychological stress, mental and physical health, as well as access to healthcare. Personality factors have been linked to mental health, interpersonal relations, national identity, prejudice, and even pro-environmental behavior. Beliefs in social structures and hierarchy are also related to personality, social identity, intergroup experiences, and environmental behavior. To test these relations rigorously, this project proposes a longitudinal nationally representative survey that will collect and track self- reported data on subjective well-being, social relations, attitudes, values, and personality traits among Qatari nationals and residents. This study will target people from various ages and ethnic to track how and when changes occur over their life span. The study will leverage multidisciplinary expertise to develop an inclusive model situated within specific socio-cultural contexts for explaining human experiences and to develop evidence-based recommendations for practical interventions that enhance individual and social welfare in Qatar. Through this project, we expect to learn how psychology manifests itself in Qatar. We will go beyond mere descriptions and prevalence reports, by focusing on the nature and predictors of psychological issues, social attitudes and behavior. The first longitudinal study of this scope in the Arab world will provide novel insight into aspects of human attitudes, values, and beliefs that will inform practitioners and policy makers in Qatar, thus enabling more efficient deployment of resources and the honing of operational and strategic priorities.