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Welcome to the COVID-19 Unmasked Survey, a national study by Children’s Health Queensland to find out how young children aged 1-5 years and their families in Australia are coping with the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic. Your participation will help us provide better support for families over the months ahead.

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About the survey

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This Australian-first research will help us understand:

  • the different types of experiences young children and families are having
  • how young children are coping with the many social and lifestyle changes
  • how caregivers are coping and supporting their children during this time

Who can take part in the survey?

Any adult (18 years+) in Australia who is caring for a child aged between 1-5 years of age can join the research. You will need to be able to complete surveys online (on the internet) and in English.

What’s involved?

We will ask you to fill out a short online survey every three months over the next year to see how things change for your family.

The survey questions relate to your family life and relationships, health and wellbeing, parenting, psychological symptoms, and how you are coping during the COVID-19 pandemic. The questions cover a lot of areas so we can get a good idea of how things are for you and your family at each point in time.

You do not have to complete all four surveys if you don’t want to (but we’d really appreciate it if you did).

How long will it take?

The first survey will take about 20 minutes, the next three surveys should only take 10-15 minutes.

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More information

If you have any questions or concerns about this research, please contact the project manager
Dr Alexandra De Young
t: +61 07 3266 3100


Children’s Health Queensland Human Research Ethics Committee
t: +61 7 3069 7002

What we’ve learned so far

1 in 5 children are experiencing mild to moderate emotional or behavioural difficulties
5-10 % of children may need specialised mental health support
1 in 5 parents are struggling with moderate to severe anxiety, depression or stress
Young children most affected by not seeing friends and family
The good news is 80% of children are experiencing good mental health during the pandemic, demonstrating sound emotional well-being, strong relationships and emotion regulation skills.

Many families have also reported positive experiences during the first wave of lockdowns in Australia, including more quality family together, increased connection with friends and family, and more appreciation and gratitude.


The COVID-19 Unmasked Survey (Young Children) is a Children’s Health Queensland initiative led by Dr Alexandra De Young and Dr Elisabeth Hoehn, of the Queensland Centre for Perinatal and Infant Mental Health. The research team includes Dr Mira Vasileva and Associate Professor Eva Alisic (The University of Melbourne); Professor Sonja March (University of Southern Queensland), Associate Professor Vanesa Cobham (Children’s Health Queensland and The University of Queensland), Associate Professor Caroline Donovan (Griffith University), and Professor Christel Middeldorp (Children’s Health Queensland and The University of Queensland).

The University of Queensland
Griffith University
The University of Melbourne
University of Southern Queensland