This online survey will assess young people's physical and mental health during the COVD19 pandemic.

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Hi!

Are you interested in participating in an international research project? We are a group of researchers who are carrying out a major project on cultural protective and risk-factors affecting young people's physical and mental health.

Why should you participate?

 

Adolescence is an extremely vulnerable period of development even under stable conditions in society. But the Covid-19 pandemic has changed our lives and has an enormous impact on the lives of young people.

 

In order to be able to prevent a mental health epidemic, and to intervene after it has already occurred, researchers need information (data), to find out how high school students feel.

 

All information from the survey is anonymous, without the possibility of identifying specific participants.

 

It would help us immensely if you could devote approximately 35 minutes of your time to answer the questions in the survey. You will find a list of useful local resources at the end of the survey.

Tips

If you use your phone now and would like to e-mail the survey link to yourself to do it later, copy this link. We would be grateful if you could help us to reach more young people by sharing here is the link on Facebook or Instagram. 

Participation is voluntary and anonymous!

The study includes information about resources and support organizations in the community available to everyone who participates in the survey.

The results of this study can help healthcare workers, schools, social services and municipalities to get ready to help young people in crisis.

Responsible researchers

  • International research leader: Professor Nóra Kerekes, University West, Sweden, Email: nora.kerekes@hv.se

Co-Investigators in the US:  

  • Dr. Zsuzsa Szombathyne Meszaros, Associate Professor of Psychiatry; SUNY Upstate Medical University, Email: meszaroz@upstate.edu
  • Dr. Scott F. Ulberg, Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry; SUNY Upstate Medical University; Email: ulbergs@upstate.edu
  • Dr. Rachael Kuch-Cecconi, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Fellow; SUNY Upstate Medical University, Email: kuchr@upstate.edu 

The Mental and Somatic Health without borders (MeSHe) study

 

You are being asked to take part in an international, multi-center research study conducted at University West, Sweden and SUNY Upstate Medical University. The aim of the project is to identify culture-specific risk factors in the development of destructive behaviors, including drug use, violence, and self-harm. The study also examines changes in mental and physical health in high school students and behaviors, as a consequence of the Covid-19 pandemic.

    The results will help schools, student health-, social services, municipalities, and healthcare organizations to quickly implement relevant support measures, which can prevent the development of long-term and severe consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic in adolescents and patients with addiction. 

 

 Taking part in this research is voluntary. Whether you take part is up to you.  

  • If you don’t take part, it won’t be held against you in any way.  
  • You can end your participation at any time without any explanation.

 

 This survey is anonymous. Your name, date of birth, phone number, address will not be collected or stored, which means that no tracking or follow-up of individuals is possible. Your data will be stored in a secure server in Sweden.  

 

You will find a link at the end of the survey with contact information for various support organizations. If you have questions, please contact Dr. Zsuzsa Szombathyne Meszaros. Email: meszaroz@upstate.edu   

  • Ask all the questions you want before you decide. 

 

It will take approximately 30-40 minutes to complete this survey.  

 

    Could being in this research hurt you? 

The most important risks or discomforts that you may expect from taking part in this research include loss of privacy if someone observes you while you are completing this survey. Please make sure to complete this survey on your personal computer, phone or tablet, when you are in a private place where nobody can see you. It is possible that the content of the questions makes you sad or anxious, or you may realize that you need help and support. Therefore, we included information to relevant community resources at the end of the survey. We have chosen this support to be able to maintain your anonymity and integrity.

 

    Will being in this research benefit you? 

It is not expected that you will personally benefit from this research. Some participants may benefit from the list of community resources provided after completion of the survey.

There are possible benefits to others, too, e.g. better cooperation of schools, student health-, social services, municipalities, and healthcare organizations to quickly implement relevant support measures, which could prevent the development of long-term and severe consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic in adolescents.

You will find a link at the end of the survey with contact information for various support organizations.  

 

    Co-Investigators in the US:  

    Dr. Zsuzsa Szombathyne Meszaros, Associate Professor of Psychiatry; SUNY

    Upstate Medical University, Email: meszaroz@upstate.edu 

    Dr. Scott F. Ulberg, Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry; SUNY

    Upstate Medical University; Email: ulbergs@upstate.edu 

    Dr. Rachael Kuch-Cecconi, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Fellow; SUNY

    Upstate Medical University, Email: kuchr@upstate.edu 

 

What happens with my information?

 

You are welcome to email one of us if you have questions, concerns. The results of the study will be stored on a secure server and analyzed at University West in Trollhättan, Sweden. The research group consists of neuroscientists, child and adolescent psychiatrists, psychologists, high school and university teachers, nurses, and social workers. Do not hesitate to contact us with questions!

 

Your answers in the survey will be processed so that unauthorized persons cannot access them. You are anonymous and the data submitted cannot be tracked or linked to you. All collected electronic data is stored in a secure cloud service at University West, where backups are performed regularly. The principal research site is University West, Trollhättan. Data protection representative is Arne Johansson: dataskydd@hv.se

University West, SWEDEN

Abdelmalek Essaâdi University, MOROCCO

SUNY Upstate Medical University, USA

Clinic of Neurology and Psychiatry for Children and Youth, SERBIA

VIETNAM