LGBTQ* UK COVID-19 Lockdown Researching Young Adult Experiences Vulnerability and Resilience Over Time

Grant number: COV19\201169

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Key facts

  • Disease

  • Known Financial Commitments (USD)

  • Funder

    British Academy
  • Principle Investigator

  • Research Location

    United Kingdom, Europe
  • Lead Research Institution

    Birkbeck University of London - Department of Psychological Sciences
  • Research Category

    Policies for public health, disease control & community resilience

  • Research Subcategory

    Approaches to public health interventions

  • Special Interest Tags


  • Study Subject


  • Clinical Trial Details


  • Broad Policy Alignment


  • Age Group

    Adults (18 and older)

  • Vulnerable Population

    Sexual and gender minorities

  • Occupations of Interest



The main objectives of our programme are to assess the psychological health of LGBTQ* young adults during the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown and to understand the pathways underlying their psychological health, vulnerability and resilience. Given the current circumstances of health anxiety and social isolation, alongside intensifying pressure on household and family relationships, a rising rate of mental health problems among LGBTQ* young adults is widely anticipated but as yet under examined. The project proposed will expand upon our newly launched online survey investigating the social support networks and psychological health among UK LGBTQ* people (aged 18- 35 years). We propose adding further follow-up survey waves (using both bespoke and standard measures) and qualitative data from an interviewed sub-sample to examine effects and pathways over time. The project develops understanding of UK LGBTQ* well-being experiences and additionally contributes internationally through comparison with equivalent data from Portugal, Italy, Brazil and Chile.