Teens needed for mental health study

A new Oxford University study will track what helps or harms adolescents’ mental health during the COVID-19 crisis

There is a lot of talk about how the pandemic may be adversely affecting the mental health of young people, but it is impossible to know for sure given we are still in the midst of the crisis.

But researchers from the University of Oxford have launched a research study to track adolescents’ mental health during the COVID-19 crisis to find out what promotes or hinders their resilience. Along with collaborators from the Universities of Cambridge, Glasgow, and New South Wales, these researchers are seeking participants between the ages of 13 and 18 and their parents or caregivers.

The Oxford ARC (Oxford Achieving Resilience during COVID-19) study will assess common mental health problems relating to worry, anxiety, depression, eating-related problems and mental inflexibility as well as examining the effects of  activities such as social media use, video conferencing and exercise.

The University of Oxford’s Experimental Psychology Department conducts experimental research to understand the psychological and neural mechanisms relevant to human behaviour. Professor Elaine Fox, professor of psychology & affective neuroscience at the University of Oxford, said the study will help shed light on how to safeguard mental health and promote resilience in young people and their parents or caregivers, should similar situations arise in the future.

How participants can take part:

  • Sign up via the Oxford ARC study website at https://oxfordarcstudy.com/
  • Complete an Initial questionnaire & optional task (35-40 minutes)
  • Complete a shorter 10-15-minute follow-up questionnaire every week for the first few months and then monthly up to 12 months o Complete a final questionnaire and optional task at 12 months

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