COVID Experiences (CovEx) Surveys

To monitor and describe the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, NORC at the University of Chicago is partnering with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Division of Adolescent and School Health (DASH) to conduct the COVID Experiences Surveys (CovEx)—a pair of longitudinal surveys to better understand the impact of COVID-19 on the health, mental health, and well-being of children and adolescents.

The first of the two longitudinal CovEx surveys will capture the experience of children ages 5-12 as reported by their parents or caretakers; the second survey will be administered directly to adolescents ages 13-19. Both longitudinal surveys will be conducted using NORC’s AmeriSpeak online panel. Developed and funded by NORC, AmeriSpeak is the most scientifically rigorous panel solution available in the United States.

Both parent and adolescent CovEx surveys will be carried out in the fall of 2020 and then repeated, with the same respondents, six months later. Topics assessed on both surveys include experiences with COVID-19, experiences at school, school and family relationships, mental health, substance use, and health and mental health services, among others topics related to the pandemic.

Data and analysis from CovEx will be used to support CDC’s ongoing nationwide efforts during the pandemic to promote the health and well-being of children and adolescents, their families, and schools.