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Family life under COVID-19: major new study launched at UCL

1 May 2020

Researchers from the Department of Social Science at UCL Institute of Education (IOE) launched FACT-Covid today (1 May), a mutli-national study looking at ‘Family and Community Transitions under COVID-19’.

Brothers doing schoolwork at home

The study is the first of its kind, looking to get in-depth information about the kinds of challenges faced by families during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The research will focus on families with children and will examine how well families understand the public health measures put in place, how the responses to these are negotiated within households, and what new kinds of pressures families are under during lockdown restrictions. The researchers are particularly interested in how socio-economic differences shape families’ responses to and experiences of the pandemic. 
The study will draw on diaries and in-depth interviews with participants, giving a fine-grained detail into the everyday lives of families in the UK during these times. Given the continuing crisis with COVID-19, researchers will be using the cutting-edge online app Indeemo for the project.

Dr Katherine Twamley, project lead, said: "I’m delighted to be launching this research project, which we hope will have important insights for policy-makers not only about how families are coping with the current pandemic, but how better to plan for future pandemics too."

FACT-Covid is part of a larger consortium of projects (I-Co-FACT) led by UCL in collaboration with eight sister sites including:

  • USA, led from the University of California, Los Angeles
  • Argentina, led from NYU
  • Chile, led from Universidad de Santiago
  • South Africa, led from University of Johannesburg
  • Sweden, led from Boras University
  • Taiwan, led from National Taipei University and Keele University
  • Pakistan, led from the Collective for Social Science Research
  • Singapore, led from National University of Singapore

Comparison with other countries’ responses will allow researchers to better understand the role of local policies and cultural meanings and practices that shape individuals’ responses to and experiences of the pandemic.

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