About CovEx

What is CovEx?

CDC, in cooperation with NORC at the University of Chicago using the AmeriSpeak panel, a panel designed to be representative of the US household population, conducted a study called the COVID Experiences Surveys (CovEx). The first CovEx survey looks at the impact of COVID-19 on the health, mental health, and well-being of children (ages 5–12) as reported by their parents or legal guardians. The second survey, administered directly to adolescents ages 13–19, will directly reflect the experiences of adolescents themselves.

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CovEx surveys, for both parents and adolescents, are longitudinal surveys that will be repeated with the same respondents six months after the initial survey. The CovEx surveys explore how the following factors had been affected by COVID-19:

Children ages 5–12

  • Physical and mental health
  • Emotional well-being
  • Health services
  • Educational services
  • Health-promoting activities and behaviors
  • Psychosocial stressors and adverse experiences

Adolescents (ages 13–19)

  • Mental health status
  • Parental monitoring and communication
  • School and family connectedness
  • Experiences with racism
  • Health services (delayed, access to)
  • Experiences with violence
  • Substance use

Parents of children 5–12 years

  • Experiences with COVID-19
  • Psychosocial stressors, coping, and resilience
  • Access to health and educational services for child