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Survey of young people in one region of the UK on accessing COVID-19 information (SOCIAL)

Lawton, O.G.P., Lawton, S.A., Dikomitis, Lisa, Protheroe, J., Smith, J., Mallen, C.D. (2021) Survey of young people in one region of the UK on accessing COVID-19 information (SOCIAL). BMJ Paediatrics Open, 5 (1). ISSN 2399-9772. (doi:10.1136/bmjpo-2020-000942) (KAR id:98456)


COVID-19 has significantly impacted young people's lives yet little is known about the COVID-19 related sources of information they access. We performed a cross-sectional survey of pupils (11-16 years) in North Staffordshire, UK. 408 (23%) pupils responded to an online survey emailed to them by their school. Descriptive statistics were used to summarise the data. Social media, accessed by 68%, played a significant role in the provision of information, despite it not being considered trustworthy. 89% felt that COVID-19 had negatively affected their education. Gaps in the provision of information on COVID-19 have been identified. © Author(s) (or their employer(s)) 2021. Re-use permitted under CC BY-NC. No commercial re-use. See rights and permissions.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1136/bmjpo-2020-000942
Uncontrolled keywords: adolescent health, data collection, technology, access to information, Article, child, coronavirus disease 2019, health survey, human, information processing, priority journal, social media, television viewing, United Kingdom
Subjects: R Medicine
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Natural Sciences > Kent and Medway Medical School
Funders: National Institute for Health Research (
Depositing User: Manfred Gschwandtner
Date Deposited: 30 Nov 2022 17:34 UTC
Last Modified: 04 Mar 2024 16:01 UTC
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