An 18‐month follow‐up of the Covid‐19 psychology research consortium study panel: Survey design and fieldwork procedures for Wave 6

Orla McBride, Sarah Butter, Anton P. Martinez, Mark Shevlin, Jamie Murphy, Todd K. Hartman, Ryan McKay, Philip Hyland, Kate M. Bennett, Thomas V. A. Stocks, Jilly Gibson‐Miller, Liat Levita, Liam Mason, Richard P. Bentall

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Abstract

Objectives: Established in March 2020, the C19PRC Study monitors the psychological and socio-economic impact of the pandemic in the UK and other countries. This paper describes the protocol for Wave 6 (August–September 2021). Methods: The survey assessed: COVID-19 related experiences; experiences of common mental health disorders; psychological characteristics; and social and political attitudes. Adult participants from any previous wave (N = 3170) were re-invited, and sample replenishment procedures helped manage attrition. Weights were calculated using a survey raking algorithm to ensure the on-going original panel (from baseline) was nationally representative in terms of gender, age, and household income, amongst other factors. Results: 1643 adults were re-interviewed at Wave 6 (51.8% retention rate). Non-participation was higher younger adults, those born outside UK, and adults living in cities. Of the adults recruited at baseline, 54.3% (N = 1100) participated in Wave 6. New respondent (N = 415) entered the panel at this wave, resulting in cross-sectional sample for Wave 6 of 2058 adults. The raking procedure re-balanced the longitudinal panel to within 1.3% of population estimates for selected socio-demographic characteristics. Conclusions: This paper outlines the growing strength of the publicly available C19PRC Study data for COVID-19-related interdisciplinary research.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere1949
JournalInternational Journal of Methods in Psychiatric Research
Early online date10 Oct 2022
DOIs
Publication statusPublished online - 10 Oct 2022

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This is the sixth methodological report from the COVID‐19 Psychological Research Consortium (C19PRC) Study, a longitudinal, online survey of the UK adult population during the COVID‐19 pandemic which was funded by the UK Economic and Social Research Council. This report aims to provide important methodological information for secondary users of the C19PRC Study data, which is freely available via the Open Science Framework (OSF) (COVID‐19 Psychological Research Consortium, 2022 ). In the next section, we document the context for the sixth wave of the C19PRC Study during August–September 2021, before describing the design and conduct of the survey at this point in the pandemic.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2022 The Authors. International Journal of Methods in Psychiatric Research published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

© 2022 The Authors. International Journal of Methods in Psychiatric Research published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

Keywords

  • attrition
  • COVID‐19
  • longitudinal survey
  • mental health
  • psychological
  • COVID-19

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