A Study of Couples' Behaviour during the State Regulated COVID-19 Lockdown in a South Asian Country

Thesara V.P. Jayawardane1, *, Vathsala Wickramasinghe2
1 Department of Industrial Management, University of Moratuwa, Moratuwa, Sri Lanka
2 Department of Management of Technology, University of Moratuwa, Moratuwa, Sri Lanka

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When assessing the ill-effects this pandemic has brought to humans, one of the most important factors is the psychological influence it has caused on married couples. The study is designed to understand whether they suffer from fears of financial situation/uncertainty and the role of resource availability on the level of adjustment of spouses.


The objectives of this study were to identify whether individuals suffer from fears of financial situation and uncertainty, to analyse the level of adjustment of spouses, to investigate the resources available for spouses, and to understand whether resource availability moderates the relationship between individuals' fears on financial situation/uncertainty and the level of adjustment of spouses.


An online survey was conducted among a chosen random sample and data were collected from 301 participants who were adults 25 years or older, residing in the Western Province of Sri Lanka. Statistical analysis was performed to identify the moderator effect of resources available for spouses.


The results showed that COVID-19 created uncertainty and fear of financial situation among married couples and, it was concluded that cultural beliefs and support extended from their respective families contributed to the adjustment of Sri Lankan spouses, who managed to remain in stable relationships during the global crisis as a result.


The study concluded the support extended from the families and cultural beliefs contributed significantly to the adjustment of spouses who managed to stay strong during the global crisis.

Keywords: COVID-19, Adjustment, Spouses, Uncertainty, Financial Situation, Pandemic.