Perspectives blogs

In this section, you’ll find blogs from CLOSER’s COVID-19: Perspectives series.

COVID-19 and the inequality in psychological distress in the UK: new evidence from the first three months of the pandemic

By Apostolos Davillas, University of East Anglia and Andrew Jones, University of York
September 10, 2020

Dr Apostolos Davillas and Professor Andrew Jones explore new evidence from the first three months of the UK response to the pandemic, highlighting the inequality in psychological distress in the UK. The nature of the economic and policy response to COVID-19 has created specific gradients in both exposure to the disease itself and in exposure […]

A new future for longitudinal research in the wake of COVID-19

By David Porteous, Generation Scotland and Nic Timpson, ALSPAC
August 20, 2020

The impact of COVID-19 will be long-term and far reaching for both academics and fellow citizens. We have much still to learn about this virus. Longitudinal cohort studies are especially valuable as they allow us to look at change from pre- COVID-19 to living with and through the pandemic. Two cohort visions for 2020 Both Generation […]

Dr Bonamy Oliver, Associate Professor in Developmental Psychology, recently joined the UCL Institute of Education and has worked with longitudinal studies for many years. Here, she writes about the challenge of family psychology in 2020, and what pre-pandemic efforts to conduct detailed family assessments suitable for large-scale studies have to offer. 2020 will not be […]

The future of data collection in a rapidly changing world

By Rebecca Hardy, CLOSER Director
July 30, 2020

Last month, CLOSER held an online event, The future of data collection in longitudinal population studies – during and post COVID-19 to explore methodological innovations, creativity and adaptability of data collection approaches during the UK’s lockdown. In our latest blog, Professor Rebecca Hardy, CLOSER Director, reflects on the challenges and opportunities of collecting data as a result […]

Adapting data collection during COVID-19 at TwinsUK

By Paz García, Twins UK Engagement & Communications Manager
June 20, 2020

Paz García, Engagement & Communications Manager at TwinsUK – the UK’s largest adult twin registry and cohort researching the genetics of ageing and complex diseases since 1992 – writes about how methods were rapidly adapted to gather data effectively from participants during the UK’s lockdown. COVID-19 caught the UK largely unawares, like countless disaster movies, […]

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