Context, design and conduct of the longitudinal COVID-19 psychological research consortium study-wave 3

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  • External authors:
  • Orla McBride
  • Sarah Butter
  • Jamie Murphy
  • Mark Shevlin
  • Philip Hyland
  • Ryan McKay
  • Kate M Bennett
  • Jilly Gibson-Miller
  • Liat Levita
  • Liam Mason
  • Anton P Martinez
  • Thomas Va Stocks
  • Frédérique Vallières
  • Thanos Karatzias
  • Carmen Valiente
  • Carmelo Vazquez
  • Richard P Bentall


OBJECTIVES: The COVID-19 Psychological Research Consortium (C19PRC) Study aims to assess the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in the adult population in multiple countries. This paper describes the third wave of the UK survey (the 'parent' strand of the Consortium) during July-August 2020.

METHODS: Adults (N = 2025) who participated in the baseline and/or first follow-up surveys were reinvited to participate in this survey, which assessed: (1) COVID-19 related knowledge, attitudes, and behaviours; (2) the occurrence of common mental disorders; as well as the role of (3) psychological factors and (4) social and political attitudes, in influencing the public's response to the pandemic. Weights were calculated using a survey raking algorithm to ensure that the cross-sectional sample is nationally representative in terms of gender, age, and household income, and representative of the baseline sample characteristics for household composition, ethnicity, urbanicity and born/raised in UK.

RESULTS: 1166 adults (57.6% of baseline participants) provided full interviews at Wave 3. The raking procedure successfully re-balanced the cross-sectional sample to within 1% of population estimates across selected socio-demographic characteristics.

CONCLUSION: This paper demonstrates the strength of the C19PRC Study data to facilitate and stimulate interdisciplinary research addressing important public health questions relating to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Bibliographical metadata

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere1880
Pages (from-to)e1880
JournalInternational Journal of Methods in Psychiatric Research
Issue number3
Early online date22 May 2021
Publication statusPublished - 2 Sep 2021