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Research project

COVID-19: Supporting Parents, Adolescents and Children during Epidemics (Co-SPACE)

Project overview

The Covid-19: Supporting Parents, Adolescents and Children in Epidemics (Co-SPACE) study tracked UK parents, children, and young people’s mental health between March 2020 and July 2021.

The Co-SPACE survey was created to collect data from parents/carers of children and young people aged 4-16 years, and there was also an opportunity for young people aged 11-16 to report on themselves, and ran from March, 2020 to July, 2021.

The Co-SPYCE (Covid-19: Supporting Parents and Young Children in Epidemics) survey was for parents/carers of pre-school children aged 2-4 years, and ran from April, 2020 to June, 2021.

We also invited parents/carers and young people, as well as people who work with children and young people, to take part in a qualitative interviews about their experiences during the pandemic.


Lead researcher

Dr Pete Lawrence PhD, DClinPsych, MSc, MA (Cantab), AFBPsS, FHEA

Associate Professor

Research interests

  • Children and young people's development in the face of adversity.
  • Prevention of common mental health problems in children and young people.
  • Parents' mental health.

Collaborating research institutes, centres and groups

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