TeenCovidLife: A resource to understand the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on adolescents in Scotland

Charlotte F. Huggins (Lead / Corresponding author), Chloe Fawns-Ritchie, Drew M. Altschul, Archie Campbell, Clifford Nangle, Rebecca Dawson, Rachel Edwards, Robin Flaig, Louise Hartley, Christie Levein, Daniel L. McCartney, Stephanie L. Sinclair, Clare Dolan, Dawn Haughton, Judith Mabelis, Judith Brown, Jo Inchley, Daniel J. Smith, Ian J. Deary, Caroline HaywardRiccardo E. Marioni, Andrew M. McIntosh, Cathie Sudlow, David J. Porteous

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TeenCovidLife is part of Generation Scotland's CovidLife projects, a set of longitudinal observational studies designed to assess the psychosocial and health impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. TeenCovidLife focused on how adolescents in Scotland were coping during the pandemic. As of September 2021, Generation Scotland had conducted three TeenCovidLife surveys. Participants from previous surveys were invited to participate in the next, meaning the age ranges shifted over time. TeenCovidLife Survey 1 consists of data from 5,543 young people age 12 to 17, collected from 22 May to 5 July 2020, during the first school closures period in Scotland. TeenCovidLife Survey 2 consists of data from 2,245 young people aged 12 to 18, collected from 18 August to 14 October 2020, when the initial lockdown measures were beginning to ease, and schools reopened in Scotland. TeenCovidLife Survey 3 consists of data from 597 young people age 12 to 19, collected from 12 May to 27 June 2021, a year after the first survey, after the schools returned following the second lockdown in 2021. A total of 316 participants took part in all three surveys. TeenCovidLife collected data on general health and well-being, as well as topics specific to COVID-19, such as adherence to COVID-19 health guidance, feelings about school closures, and the impact of exam cancellations. Limited work has examined the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on young people. TeenCovidLife provides relevant and timely data to assess the impact of the pandemic on young people in Scotland. The dataset is available under authorised access from Generation Scotland; see the Generation Scotland website for more information.

Original languageEnglish
Article number277
Number of pages26
JournalWellcome Open Research
Publication statusPublished - 18 Oct 2022


  • Adolescence
  • COVID-19
  • Lockdown
  • Longitudinal study
  • Mental health
  • Observational study
  • Well-being

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • General Biochemistry,Genetics and Molecular Biology


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