RESEARCH PROJECT FOR TEENS 14 TO 18 YEARS – GROWING UP UNDER COVID-19
This research will take place for 18 months until October 2021 and will include students from 7 countries: UK (England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland), Italy, Singapore and Lebanon, across different demographics. Comparing their experiences and informing interventions to minimise impacts on children’s social well-being.
PARTICIPANTS MUST REGISTER BY WED 13 MAY 2020.
If your child would like to register this is a unique project to be involved in!
For more information about the Research Project see this website: https://www.nuffieldfoundation.org/project/growing-up-under-covid-19
Growing up under COVID-19
Children and young people are thought to face a lower health risk from COVID-19. However, their social realities and futures are changing substantially in the light of lockdown, school closures and social distancing. This study will follow young people aged 14-18 in seven countries as they document their family lives, peer relationships, education, and participation in society while the pandemic unfolds. It will compare the experience of children in the four nations of the UK with those of their peers in Italy, the epicentre of the outbreak in Europe; Singapore, where the SARS outbreak is within memory; and Lebanon, with its large population of refugees. Each of the countries has a dedicated project lead – Malika Shah will oversee research conducted within the UK, Sara Rizzo will oversee research in Italy, Chermaine Tay the research in Singapore, and Martina Diep and Irene Biundo the research in Lebanon.
The researchers will undertake a qualitative longitudinal study which will be conducted entirely online, mirroring changing modes of social interaction during the crisis. By using digital ethnography and participatory methods, the researchers will treat young people as co-researchers whom the study is ‘with’ rather than ‘about’. The researchers will recruit panels of 10 young people aged 14-18 from each country, including the four constituent countries of the UK; the panels will be diverse across gender, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, family structure and health conditions, and include young LGBTQ people and children in care. Over 18 months, the researchers will combine semi-structured qualitative interviews, video diaries, and analysis of social media data to track participants’ responses to the crisis, decision-making and behaviours. Alongside individual ethnographies, the participants will be brought together remotely at key junctures during the project to critically reflect on their experiences and perspectives, and on the political and public health responses within each country. The study will be wider than its 70 direct participants, as each young person will document the crisis as it impacts upon their immediate peer and family networks.
This project will create qualitative evidence of how children and young people are experiencing, making sense of, and impacted by COVID-19. The researchers will publish interim and final public reports, concise online research briefings and blog posts providing key messages to stakeholders, and academic journal publications. The researchers will establish an online policy discussion forum and two online stakeholder events to support active engagement with the findings, informing interventions to minimise impacts on children’s social well-being.