#StayHome study: Cross-national data on adolescent well-being and family relationships during the COVID-19 pandemic

K.L. Buist, Dóra Szentiványi, Anne Kjeldsen, Ulrike Ravens-Sieberer, Ágnes Győrfi, Lili Olga Horváth, Bernadett Frida Farkas, Gyöngyvér Ferenczi-Dallos, Péter Garas, Dóra Győri, Dóra Győrfi, Judit Balázs

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Whereas the current situation caused by the COVID-19 pandemic is unique and unprecedented, we know from earlier studies concerning stressful situations that their impact on adolescent development may be profound. Adolescence is a developmental phase during which there is an increased risk for the onset of mental disorders due to intensive normative changes (e.g., in hormonal balance, identity and autonomy development). The current COVID-19 pandemic may provide an additional risk factor for problematic psychosocial functioning. Additionally, during adolescence the social focus normally shifts from family to peers. Due to the COVID-19 measures imposed by governments, adolescents have spent much more time at home with their family, sometimes with limited space. Whereas this may have led to more tension and conflict, it may also have offered opportunities to spend more time together and support each other.
In this international research collaboration, we conducted an online study across several countries (Hungary, The Netherlands, Norway, Germany, Indonesia). Data from two countries (Hungary, The Netherlands) are already available. We examined how adolescents (11-18 years old) and their parents were affected by the challenging and potentially stressful situation resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, as indicated by symptoms of emotional and behavioral disturbance, perceived quality of life, and family relationship quality (i.e., parent-adolescent and sibling relationships).

We are going to present preliminary results concerning the following study aims:
1) Psychosocial functioning and family relationship quality of adolescents during the COVID-19 period;
2) The links between adolescent and family characteristics (e.g., age, gender, education, household composition), adolescent psychosocial functioning, and family relationship quality;
3) Cross-national comparison of adolescent psychosocial functioning and family relationship quality and the links between them.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 4 Sept 2020


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