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Intergenerational relationships and mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic

University of Firenze
Spain, France, Italy
Online survey
Key Focus of Study
Goals: The restrictions to movements, events and relations imposed in different countries due to the COVID-19 pandemic have limited the possibility to meet and socialise with other people. This may have contributed to a deterioration in people’s mental health on top of other negative consequences of the pandemic. The goal of the study is twofold. First, we aim at examining to what extent intergenerational physical and non-physical contacts have changed during the pandemic. Second, we aim at testing whether people that managed to maintain social contacts even if at a distance have better coped with the stress created by the pandemic. Data: The data have been collected through an on-line survey by the survey company Lucid on a total sample of 9,186 individuals in Italy, Spain and France (about 3,000 respondents per country) in April 2020. We used quota sampling targeting the population aged 18+. Based on data from national statistical offices, we have set quotas proportional to the prevalence in the country of each category of the following variables: gender, age, region, education and income.
Key Stakeholders
Population aged 18+
Sample size
9186 (± 3000 per country)
Funding Institution(s)
Spanish Ministry of Economy, Industry and Competitiveness (PCIN-2016-005)
Date data expected
Now in stage of data analysis
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