COVID-19 publications

Mental health and relationships during the COVID-19 pandemic

Mental health and relationships during the COVID-19 pandemic

Author/editor: Biddle, N, Edwards, B, Gray, M & Sollis, K

Year published: 2020

The aim of this paper is to explore the relationship between mental health outcomes and relationship quality during the COVID-19 period. We find that after a significant worsening in mental health outcomes between February 2017 and April 2020, there was strong evidence for improvements between...

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Changes in paid and unpaid activities during the COVID-19 pandemic: Exploring labour supply and labour demand

Changes in paid and unpaid activities during the COVID-19 pandemic: Exploring labour supply and labour demand

Author/editor: Biddle, N, Gray, M, Jahromi & Marasinghe, D

Year published: 2020

This paper provides an in-depth analysis of the labour market and related outcomes of Australian adults at the time at which COVID-19 physical distancing restrictions are being lifted. Using data collected by the ANU Centre for Social Research and Methods and data collected by the Australian Bureau...

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COVID-19 and mortgage and rental payments: May 2020

COVID-19 and mortgage and rental payments: May 2020

Author/editor: Biddle, N, Edwards, B, Gray, M & Sollis, K

Year published: 2020

There is little high quality nationally representative data on the level of housing stress being experienced during the COVID-19 period or on the extent to which Australians have been able to reduce their mortgage and rent payment in light of government policies enabling this. The data reported in...

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Service usage and service gaps during the COVID-19 pandemic

Service usage and service gaps during the COVID-19 pandemic

Author/editor: Biddle, N & Gray, M

Year published: 2020

The aim of this paper is to analyse the level and distribution of service needs during the peak of the COVID-19 infection period in Australia – roughly mid-March to mid-May 2020. We show that the greatest rate of unmet need was for issues related to domestic and family violence; drug and alcohol...

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Improved wellbeing or distress? Measuring the impacts of participation in a COVID-19 survey on participant wellbeing

Improved wellbeing or distress? Measuring the impacts of participation in a COVID-19 survey on participant wellbeing

Author/editor: Biddle, N, Edwards, B, Herz, D & Sollis, K

Year published: 2020

Given the large social impacts that COVID-19 is currently having on individuals throughout the world, a large amount of social and behavioural research is underway to measure and track those effects. Indeed, there has already been an explosion of new research and data collection. Any kind of social...

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Australian’s views about COVID-19 policies: May 2020

Australian’s views about COVID-19 policies: May 2020

Author/editor: Biddle, N & Gray, M

Year published: 2020

There is vigorous debate about a range of COVID-19 specific policies as well as a discussion about what economic policies will be required as the immediate concerns about infection and mortality due to COVID-19 recede. In order to support this debate, this paper provides data on Australian’s views...

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Tracking outcomes during the COVID-19 pandemic (May 2020) - Job and income losses halted and confidence rising

Tracking outcomes during the COVID-19 pandemic (May 2020) - Job and income losses halted and confidence rising

Author/editor: Biddle, N, Edwards, B, Gray, M & Sollis, K

Year published: 2020

In order to monitor the impacts of COVID-19, the ANU Centre for Social Research and Methods has established a COVID-19 impact monitoring survey program. Data collected using Life in AustraliaTM is still the only longitudinal survey of a large, representative sample of Australians with information...

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Alcohol consumption during the COVID-19 period: May 2020

Alcohol consumption during the COVID-19 period: May 2020

Author/editor: Biddle, N, Edwards, B, Gray, M & Sollis, K

Year published: 2020

The aim of this paper is to analyse changes in alcohol consumption since the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. We show that the frequency of alcohol consumption during COVID-19 is slightly higher for males than it was 2-3 years previously, and substantially higher for females. While Australians are...

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Initial impacts of COVID-19 on mental health in Australia

Initial impacts of COVID-19 on mental health in Australia

Author/editor: Edwards, B, Biddle, N, Gray, M & Sollis, K

Year published: 2020

This paper presents data on the initial impacts of COVID-19 on psychological distress among the Australian population and compares these data to a nationally representative sample in the United States. The Australian survey is based on interviews with 3,155 Australians over the period 14-27 April...

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The experience of volunteers during the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic

The experience of volunteers during the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic

Author/editor: Biddle, N & Gray, M

Year published: 2020

Australia and the world are currently experiencing a public health and economic shock that may end up being larger than any experienced since the Influenza Pandemic of 1918-19 and the Great Depression of the 1930s respectively. The spread of the Coronavirus and associated disease (COVID-19) around...

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