The coronavirus outbreak has led to big and sudden changes in how we live our day-to-day lives. It is a serious and unprecedented event. It will have a lasting impact on many people’s lives, and on our economy and society. We are interested in understanding how the outbreak affects the lives of our study members and will provide vital evidence on how the lives of people affected can be improved.
The aim of the COVID-19 survey was to collect insights into how the pandemic affected different aspects of the lives of study members including their physical and mental health and wellbeing, family and relationships, education, work, and finances. The initial questionnaire was interest in the period between the outbreak of the pandemic in March 2020 and June 2020. A second survey (Wave 2) will be in the field in August.
The survey covered different topics, including:
- Physical health (including COVID-19)
- Time use
- Family and household
- Financial situation and benefits
- Employment and education
- Health behaviours
- Mental health and social connectedness
An open question on how the pandemic affected the lives of participants was also included.
Participants were also asked to use a COVID-19 symptom tracker app, developed by King’s College London, so that the data collected through this app could be linked to their study records.
The survey was sent to all active participants of the MRC National Survey of Health and Development (NSHD) and Southall and Brent Revisited (SABRE). The survey was sent out in a postal and online format.
We are still in the process of cleaning the data from NSHD and SABRE, but the online survey data are available on Skylark.
To download a copy of the postal questionnaire:
The survey was a collaboration with the Centre for Longitudinal Studies and included participants from their cohorts:
- Millennium Cohort Study (born 2000-02),
- Next Steps (born 1989-90),
- 1970 British Cohort Study, and
- 1958 National Child Development Study.
The data for the CLS cohorts are now available from the UK Data Service.