Children as innovators: harnessing the creative expertise of children to address practical and psychosocial challenges of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic – COVISION study protocol

Helen McAneney, Harry Shier, Lisa Gibbs, Carmel Davies, Aoife De Brún, Kay M Tisdall, Carmel Corrigan, Ayrton Kelly, Jacinta Owens, Onyinye Okoli, Tracey Wall, Hayda Alves, Krystyna Kongats, Revathi N Krishna, Debbie Sheppard-LeMoine, Fernando A Wagner, Jieh-Jiuh Wang, Carol Mutch, Thilo Kroll, Suja Somanadhan

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Abstract

Background: We are currently in a period of transition, from the pre-COVID-19 (coronavirus disease 2019) era and the initial reactive lockdowns, to now the ongoing living with and potentially the after COVID-19 period. Each country is at its own individual stage of this transition, but many have gone through a period of feeling adrift; disconnected from normal lives, habits and routines, finding oneself betwixt and between stages, similar to that of liminality. Children and young people have been particularly affected. Aim: To increase the understanding of home and community-based strategies that contribute to children and young people's capacity to adjust to societal changes, both during and after pandemics. Moreover, to identify ways in which children's actions contribute to the capacity of others to adjust to the changes arising from the pandemic. The potential for these activities to influence and contribute to broader social mobilisation will be examined and promoted. Research design: To achieve the aim of this study, a participatory health research approach will be taken. The overarching theoretical framework of the COVISION study is that of liminality. The study design includes four work packages: two syntheses of literature (a rapid realist review and scoping review) to gain an overview of the emerging international context of evidence of psychosocial mitigations and community resilience in pandemics, and more specifically COVID-19; qualitative exploration of children and young people's perspective of COVID-19 via creative outlets and reflections; and participatory learning and action through co-production.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-30
Number of pages30
JournalHRB Open Research
Volume4
Issue number104
Early online date23 Sep 2021
DOIs
Publication statusPublished (in print/issue) - 23 Feb 2022

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