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Coping and wellbeing in families during the COVID-19 crisis

This research aims to explore how the current situation might be affecting children’s wellbeing.

The project investigates coping and wellbeing in a community sample of children aged 7-11 years, and their families, during the COVID-19 crisis. It looks into the types of coping strategies which might be protective / maladaptive (which might vary from the strategies used at other times), and the things we might need to do to help children both manage the current situation, and recover afterwards.

This project started in May 2020 and will run until summer 2021. 


The project had three main objectives:

  • To assess the wellbeing of children aged 7-11 years, and their parents/carers.
  • To assess the kinds of coping strategies being employed by children and their parents/carers.
  • To compare wellbeing and coping strategies used during the current health crisis with existing data, in order to determine how the crisis might be affecting children and their families.
Research questions
  • What coping strategies are being used by children aged 7-11 years to manage worries during the COVID-19 crisis?
  • What coping strategies are being used by parents to manage worries during the COVID-19 crisis?
  • What are children’s perspectives on their anxiety and wellbeing during this time?
  • What are parents’ perspectives on children’s wellbeing and coping during this time?
  • Data is collected using online questionnaires to be completed at home by children aged 7-11 years and their families.
  • Comparative analysis is undertaken using existing data collected during a previous study.

Survey into coping and wellbeing during COVID-19

The research team are hoping to find out about what parents and children are doing when they feel worried or upset during the COVID-19 crisis, and what helps them to feel better.

We hope that by asking lots of families, we can find ways to support children who find it hard to manage their feelings, and their families.

We are asking children aged 7-11 years and their families to take part. 

Parent or caregiver survey

Child survey