St Catharines university to research effects of COVID-19 on teens

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Published July 23, 2021 at 7:40 pm

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So how have Niagara Region youth been coping with school and other activities through COVID-19?

That’s what a team of researchers at Brock University in St Catharines are hoping to discover and have invited volunteers, ages 12 to 18, to take part in their Niagara Adolescent Personality and Social Connection Study.

Conducted by researchers in Brock’s Developmental Processing in Health and Well-being Lab in the Department of Child and Youth Studies, participants will complete a series of three online surveys covering a variety of topics including personality, emotions, school experiences and feelings about the COVID-19 pandemic over a four month period.

The university said a few participants will also be randomly selected to complete an online interview in addition to the surveys. For each survey completed, participants will receive a $20 Amazon gift card. Those who complete an online interview will also receive a $25 Amazon gift card.

Associate Professor Danielle Sirianni Molnar told the campus newspaper, the Brock News, that while they had previously done a study on adolescent youth relationships, social connection and personality, that was before COVID-19 hit.

While the previous study seemed to expose both perfectionist and mental health issues identified by the youth, the researchers are now looking to see the toil that the pandemic had on youth.

The research team is hoping to recruit up to 500 Ontario youth to participate in the mixed-methods Niagara Adolescent Personality and Social Connection Study.

Anyone between the ages of 12 and 18 who would like to participate needs to have a private email address. Those under the age of 18 also need their parents’ permission to participate, which can be granted via email. Requests to participate and parental permission can be sent to: [email protected]

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