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 is taking part in the survey?
Adults (18 years+) in Australia caring for a child aged between 1-5 years.
We are asking participants 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 family life and relationships, health and wellbeing, parenting, psychological symptoms, and how people 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 participating families at each point in time.
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
Many families with young children continue to be affected by the ongoing threat, uncertainty and unpredictability of life during a pandemic. While these stressors and difficulties are likely to be normal and or transient for most, some children and parents may require higher levels of psychological support. This is especially the case for families living in Victoria.
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.
Read the reports
COVID-19 (Young Children) Report 2: Impact of the second wave in Australia on the mental health of young children and parents (Published March 2021)
COVID-19 Unmasked (Young Children) Report 1: Early findings and recommendations (Published October 2020)