What is the FOCUS study?

Globally, youth under 30 years of age are not generally prioritized as a key population when it comes to the social and economic responses to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The FOCUS study aims to identify how the evolving social, policy and public health measures related to the COVID-19 pandemic are affecting the lives of youth living in Canada and France.

By participating in this survey, we would like to learn about your experiences living in a “new normal” – that is, living through a time in which COVID-19 will affect many different parts of your life.

Your insights will help us to inform government responses in both Canada and France regarding the social, economic and health impacts of COVID-19 on you and your life.

How is research being conducted?

Questions in this survey have been developed, designed and test by a group of young people in both Canada and France

It’s essential for us to involve youth throughout our research process to ensure that our research is in line with the expectations of young people across both Canada and France.

We also work closely alongside a Youth Advisory Committee who provide ongoing and integrated feedback on our research tools, methodologies, and results.

We are partnered with several organizations that serve young people in both Canada and France to ensure our results will be returned to young people across these settings.

How to participate?

If you live in Canada or France, and are between the legal age of majority (18 or 19) and 29 years old, you can participate!

You can also take part of this survey if you have participated in the first online survey (October-December 2020) and you are 30 years!

Each survey will take approximately 25 minutes to complete.

You can complete the survey on either your laptop, tablet or on your smartphone.

What data are collected?

All information collected is CONFIDENTIAL.

To better understand how the COVID-19 pandemic affects you, we ask you questions about:

DEMOGRAPHICS

SOCIAL LIFE

ACCESS TO CARE

SEXUAL HEALTH

MENTAL HEALTH

SUBSTANCE USE

** To view the results of the first online FOCUS survey, click HERE! **

What are the benefits?

While there may not be any direct benefit from participating in the study, you may enjoy knowing that by sharing your experiences, there is a potential for this information to be used to improve the health and social well-being of youth in both Canada and France.

Looking for support?

In order to provide you with information you may find helpful in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have compiled a list of social and health resources.

How to contact us?

If you have any questions about the FOCUS survey, please contact us via email at focus@bccsu.ubc.ca.

This survey is led by a multidisciplinary team of Canadian and French researchers including epidemiologists, public health researchers and social scientists.

For more information about our news articles and reports, please visit our NEWS page.

The survey protocol was approved by the University of British Columbia Behavioural Research Ethics Board (H20-02053).

This survey is funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.

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