COVID-19: Giving the Gift of Family Time

11 Jun 2020

Understanding the Social Impacts of COVID-19 is an online survey being conducted by researchers at The Institute for Social Science Research at The University of Queensland. This on-going study is helping to understand some of the social impacts of COVID-19 on individuals, families, and communities. The aim is to provide evidence to help direct resources and policies to where they are needed the most. The study has a particular focus on the impacts of COVID-19 on families, including work and care situations, and how these situations have evolved and changed since the outbreak of the virus.

Approximately 750 individuals have participated in this study to date. Including those from across Australia (92%), Switzerland, Ireland, Indonesia, Canada, United Kingdom, Germany, China, India, Norway, Italy, Romania, Serbia, Sweden, Denmark, South Africa, Oman, and Singapore. The majority (60 per cent) of participants were working for pay at the time of the initial survey, nearly 12 per cent of respondents were students, and nearly 12 per cent were engaged primarily in household duties. The remaining participants were unemployed or looking for work, retired, or receiving a disability payment, or their work-status was unknown. Of those who were employed, nearly 63 per cent were employed full time at the time of the survey, 22 per cent were employed part time, 10.5 per cent were employed on a casual basis, and 4.5 per cent were contracted employees or participated in seasonal work. Nearly 80% of respondents had a university or college degree and 81 per cent of respondents were female.

This survey is on-going and can be accessed here.

Read the initial report addressing some of the challenges and positives that children experienced during COVID-19 lockdown.