Understanding the impact on and the experiences of young people during the COVID-19 pandemic

Research team

Harriet Fisher, Suzanne Audrey, Matthew Hickman, Helen Lambert, Lucy Yardley

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About the project

People with underlying health conditions and aged over 70 years are more likely to develop serious health problems from the coronavirus. However, other population groups, such as young people, are also affected during the pandemic.  

Researchers at the University of Bristol are carrying out a qualitative study to understand how the pandemic has impacted on young people’s mental, social and physical outcomes, to what extent young people adhered to social distancing measures, and document the acceptability of vaccination against COVID-19 among young people.  

How to take part

*Update: 10 June 2020: We've had a fantastic response from young people to take part and recruitment to the study is now closed. Thanks to all those who got in touch. Please keep an eye out for the results later in the year.*

Download the study poster for details of how to take part.

Deadline for taking part: end June 2020. 

Study contact: harriet.fisher@bristol.ac.uk

Study timeline

  • May-September 2020: Interviews with 20 young people aged 12 to 17 years old 
  • June-October 2020: Data analysis using thematic analysis
  • November-December: Report writing and developing recommendations to improve support for young people and increase their adherence to public health advice during an infectious disease pandemic


This project is funded by the Elizabeth Blackwell Institute for Health Research at the University of Bristol.