Work, Family, Life During the COVID-19 Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic is a rapidly evolving, dramatic health crisis. Daily, the numbers are rising of people infected with, and killed by, the novel coronavirus. Due to physical distancing measures put in place to slow the spread of the virus, there are unprecedented work/life situations for thousands of Canadians, particularly those who are faced with the challenge of working remotely while providing care to their children and dependents such as elderly parents. This study, conducted over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, will collect data from 60-80 adults across Ontario who have both work and care-giving responsibilities. Through an intake survey, followed by weekly phone interviews, researchers will examine their challenges, stressors, and coping strategies throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Research results will help governments, business, and mental health support organizations better understand the social and human costs of crises such as pandemics.

Faculty Supervisor:

Linda Duxbury


Anita Grace


Canadian Mental Health Association




Health care and social assistance


Carleton University



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