About the study

The Oxford ARC study investigates resilience and how adolescents and their parents/carers are coping with social isolation during the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic. We want to find out why some young people cope extremely well with stressful situations, while others find it more difficult.

We hope to better understand how psychological factors relating to worry, resilience, and social isolation affects the mental health of adolescents and their parents/carers during the challenges and uncertainties of this pandemic.    

We are inviting teenagers (aged 13 – 18), and their parents/carers, to take part in a longitudinal online study.

We will ask participants to complete a survey each week for about three months and then monthly for nine months. The first one takes about 20 minutes and each follow up takes 10-15 minutes. There is also an optional task you can complete if you like.

Every participant (adolescents and their parents or carers) completing the surveys and optional tasks will have a chance to win a prize of an Amazon voucher.

Click here to download the full study information


Many are finding COVID-19 and the lockdown very stressful and overwhelming. If you have any concerns about your or your child’s mental health or would like further support, Young Minds has a list of resources and Emerging Minds has released a blogpost and podcast. If you would like support around eating disorders, support can be found at https://www.beateatingdisorders.org.uk/ and https://thebutterflyfoundation.org.au/. Further support can be offered by the Samaritans on 116 123 or the Shout text-based crisis service by texting Shout to 85258.

Meet the team

Prof Elaine Fox

Dr Ana Todorovic

Michele Lim

Dr Sam Parsons

Dr Annabel Songco

Collaborators and contributors

Dr Susanne Schweizer (UNSW Sydney), Dr Amy Orben (Cambridge University), TRIUMPH: Transdisciplinary Research for the Improvement of Youth Mental Public Health, and the Loneliness and Social Isolation in Mental Health Network.

We would like to thank TRIUMPH and the TRIUMPH Youth Advisory Group for their insightful feedback about the study and the questions asked in the surveys.

We would also like to thank the insightful feedback and recommendations during the design of the Oxford ARC study, including: Dr Praveetha Patalay, Professor Catharine Creswell, Professor Daisy Fancourt, Dr Christina McMellon, Dr Alice Maclachlan, Dr Joanna Inchley, Professor Tamsin Ford, Professor David Gunnell, Sally McManus, Dr Nicola Byrom, Katherine Rakow, Dr Salim Hashmi, and Dr Ellie Pearce.

Our supporters

Our research is supported by the Economic and Social Research Council.

Contact us

If you have any questions about the study, do not hesitate to contact us. You can email us at OxfordARCstudy@psy.ox.ac.uk, or fill in the contact form below.

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