NUIG study seeks to learn how the pandemic has affected teenagers

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NUI Galway is seeking to better understand how teenagers gave been impacted by the changes in their lives as a result of COVID-19 and pandemic restrictions.

Teenagers aged between 12 and 18 years old are being invited to take part in a study on how ongoing restrictions have affected young people’s mental health and wellbeing.

The research team are also interested in what has helped young people adjust to the ongoing restrictions and changes to their lives.

They would also like to identify what has been most difficult for teenagers in recent months and whether any positive changes occurred for young people.

Dr Caroline Heary, School of Psychology, NUIG said “The physical distancing measures that are in place, the limitations placed on opportunities for fun and recreational activities and the restrictions on our movements in recent times, can reduce the opportunities for face-to-face contact outside of the home.

“These restrictions may be particularly significant during adolescence, a time when social interaction with peers is of paramount importance.”

The study, which is being jointly carried out by NUIG and Trinity College Dublin, will involve three surveys over the course a 12 month period.

Parental consent is required for any young people who wish to take part in the study.

To find out more or to take part in the study, visit: https://www.adaptresearchstudy.com/ or contact Dr Caroline Heary, School of Psychology at caroline.heary@nuigalway.ie.