TeenCovidLife: a resource to understand the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on adolescents in Scotland

Charlotte Huggins, Chloe Fawns-Ritchie, Drew Altschul, Archie Campbell, Clifford Nangle, Rebecca Dawson, Rachel Edwards, Robin Flaig , Louise J. Hartley, Christie Levein, Daniel L McCartney, Stephanie L Sinclair, Clare Dolan, Dawn Haughton, Judith Mabelis, Judith Brown, Jo Inchley, Daniel J Smith, Ian J Dreary, Caroline HaywardRiccardo E Marioni, Andrew M McIntosh, Cathie L M Sudlow, David John Porteous

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Abstract / Description of output

TeenCovidLife is part of Generation Scotland’s CovidLife projects, a set
of longitudinal observational studies designed to assess the
psychosocial and health impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

TeenCovidLife focused on how adolescents in Scotland were coping
during the pandemic. As of September 2021, Generation Scotland had
conducted three TeenCovidLife surveys. Participants from previous
surveys were invited to participate in the next, meaning the age
ranges shifted over time.

TeenCovidLife Survey 1 consists of data from 5,543 young people age
12 to 17, collected from 22 May to 5 July 2020, during the first school
closures period in Scotland. TeenCovidLife Survey 2 consists of data
from 2,245 young people aged 12 to 18, collected from 18 August to
14 October 2020, when the initial lockdown measures were beginning
to ease, and schools reopened in Scotland. TeenCovidLife Survey 3
consists of data from 597 young people age 12 to 19, collected from
12 May to 27 June 2021, a year after the first survey, after the schools
returned following the second lockdown in 2021.

A total of 316 participants took part in all three surveys.
TeenCovidLife collected data on general health and well-being, as well
as topics specific to COVID-19, such as adherence to COVID-19 health
guidance, feelings about school closures, and the impact of exam
Limited work has examined the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on
young people. TeenCovidLife provides relevant and timely data to
assess the impact of the pandemic on young people in Scotland. The
dataset is available under authorised access from Generation
Scotland; see the Generation Scotland website for more information.
Original languageEnglish
Article number6:277
Pages (from-to)277
JournalWellcome Open Research
Publication statusPublished - 24 May 2022

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • Adolescence
  • COVID-19
  • Lockdown
  • Longitudinal study
  • Mental health
  • Observational study
  • Well-being


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