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Screen Time and Young People’s Mental Health

[Project status – Ongoing]

To develop meaningful evidence-based policy guidelines, a crucial first step is to ensure the right research questions are being asked. This project aims to identify the most important and unanswered research questions about screen use and adolescent mental health from the perspective of young people, their parents and educators. Findings from this research will help shape future research and policy guidelines that will benefit young people in the future. 

There are three main steps to achieve the study aim:

  1. A consultation survey and interviews with experts in the field of screen use and adolescent mental health.
  2. Participatory discussion groups with young people (11-25 years old), parents and teachers.
  3. A list of 25 research questions will be developed based on the latter two inquiries. As a final step, this list will be circulated in a public consultation survey for young people, parents and teachers to identify their top 10 research priorities on screen use and adolescent mental health. 

This project is conducted in collaboration with McPin Foundation and the Centre for Mental Health. Young people actively contribute to data collection and reviewing research methods and results.

If you would like to take part in our public consultation survey, please click here.

PPI: Members of the MH PRU Lived Experience Working Group (LEWG) and Lived Experience Advisory Network (LEAN) are members of the project working group.