top of page

Impact of the Pandemic on Family Life Across Cultures 

The COVID-19 Family Life Study is a research study that explores the effects of the coronavirus pandemic on family life across cultures.


The results from this study will inform policies, programs, and supports for families

Summer Family Dinner

Get Involved

Join families around the globe in sharing their experiences in a 30-minutes online survey.








Intl. Partners

Why Participate


Your Inputs will help us:

Track patterns of symptoms, causes, and risk factors of mental health in parents during the COVID-19 crisis 

Understand the experiences of parents during the coronavirus pandemic


Identify parents’ needs for support services during the coronavirus pandemic


Understand coping skills and mechanisms among parents


The results will inform the design of policy and programs and the delivery of support services for families.


We will share the results with key decision-makers 





The Covid-19 Family Life Study is led by Dr. Anis Ben Brik, associate professor at Hamad Bin Khalifa University College of Public Policy in Qatar. The research team consists of an international team of academics and experts representing the United Nations, civil society organizations across the globe. The investigators are listed below by institutions.

Screen Shot 2020-08-17 at 4.24.25 PM.png

Dr. Anis Ben Brik, HBKU

College of Public Policy

Screen Shot 2020-06-18 at 9.58.43 AM.png

Annette Ptassek, Executive Director, IFHE

Screen Shot 2020-06-10 at 1.15.36 PM.png

Raul Sanchez, General Secretary, ELFAC

Screen Shot 2020-06-10 at 1.49.33 PM.png

Dr. Mo Adefeso-Olateju, 

Managing Director, TEP

Screen Shot 2020-06-18 at 12.36.25

Lee Wee Min, Asia Regional

Director, Focus on the Family Global

Screen Shot 2020-06-10 at 10.38.05
Screen Shot 2020-07-22 at 11.10.01

Beatrice Ogutu, 

Director, ICS-SP, Kenya

Fiona Beermier, CEO, Ngala Western Australia 

Renata Kaczmarska, UN Focal Point on the Family, DISD, DESA

Screen Shot 2020-08-12 at 9.44.31 AM.png

Prof. Dr. Humoud Alqashan

Dean , Kuwait University

Screen Shot 2020-06-18 at 9.58.16 AM.png
Screen Shot 2020-06-08 at 2.14.20 PM.png

Dr. Natalie Williams,

University of Nebraska

Dr. Anthony Polychronakis, 

Founder, EFJCA

SLJ Formal.jpg
Screen Shot 2020-06-10 at 10.34.48

Dr. Spencer L. James, Brigham Young University

Dr. María del Rosario Esteinou Madrid, CIESAS, Mexico

Dr. Iván Moreno Acero,

University of La Sabana

HARO_3945-64 WEB.jpg

Caroline Höglund, 

President, Haro, Sweeden

Screen Shot 2020-08-12 at 9.54.49 AM.png

Prof. Dr. Said Aldhafri, Sultan Qaboos University, Oman


Maria Regina Maroncelli Florio, President, ELFAC


Eve Sullivan, Founder &

Director, Parents Forum, US

Dr. Jose Eduardo Stropoli, UNINOVE, Brazil 

Screen Shot 2020-07-08 at 1.56.44 PM.png

Anastasios Rentoumis, President of the BoD, Greece

Screen Shot 2020-07-13 at 5.30.27 PM.png
Screen Shot 2020-07-24 at 12.56.13
Screen Shot 2020-07-01 at 11.05.00

Dr. Patricia Debeljuh, 

Austral University, Argentina

Nikki Ledingham, Independent Social Worker, UK & Qatar

Dr. Slaheddine Ben Frej, University of Tunis 


Dr. Mohamed Chtatou, 

University of Rabat, Morocco

Screen Shot 2020-07-13 at 5.29.56 PM.png

Dr. María Belén Mesurado, 

Austral University, Argentina

Screen Shot 2020-06-18 at 12.36.01

Lim Hui Jun, Focus on the Family Malaysia

Screen Shot 2020-08-11 at 10.18.24

Dr. Olivia Nuñez Orellana, 

Observatorio regional de America Latina y el Caribe, A.C, 




We would like to thank and acknowledge the contribution of the International Federation for Family Development for their data collection support.

We would like to thank Mr. Ignacio Socías and José Alejandro Vázquez, IFFD

We would like to thank Enaam Al-Barrishi, Director General of Jordan River Foundation

We would like to thank Wendy Simpson, Coordinator Research and Evaluation
Research Unit, Ngala, Australia

We would like to thank Walaa Ayasrah, Monitoring and Evaluation Manager, Jordan River Foundation, Jordan

We would like to thank Beatrix Flatt, International Federation for Home Economics, Germany

We would like to thank Athena Wang, Parents Forum, US

We would like to thank Anas Outa Bashi, Doha Family

We would like to thank Irina Granzulea, Large Family Association, Romania

We would like to thank Lucija Buhin, Croatian Association of families with three or more children, Croatia

We would like to thank Marcin Rudzinski, Poland

We would like to thank Vitória Salvado, Portuguese Large Families Association, Portugal


Contact us


Thanks for submitting!

Project details on OSF

If you want to learn more about the "COVID 19 Family Life Study" project, please feel free to do so. Details and citations are available here.

About data

Anonymized data is available for non-commercial research use (License: CC-By Attribution 4.0 International) here

Do you want to support this research?

Do you have any questions?

We are looking for partners to help support further data collection. If you want to support this work, please contact Dr. Anis Ben Brikus via email at

bottom of page