CRAMPED Families Study

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What are the predictors of family adaptation versus maladaptation in the context of the COVID-19 global pandemic?

The FamilyPsycle Lab is finding out!

Welcome to the FamilyPsycle Lab's CRAMPED Families Study Website! 

The purpose of this study is to evaluate mechanisms of family functioning in the context of environmental stress (namely the COVID-19 global pandemic). Our primary aim is to identify which aspects of the family system, family environment, and individual histories are most influential in predicting optimal psychological and behavioural outcomes in this context. We aspire to gain an understanding of resilience in families so as to make informed clinical recommendations for working with families in clinical practice who may be facing a myriad of environmental stressors such as poverty and trauma. Additionally, we hope the findings from this study will be considered when developing programming and policy related to pandemic outbreaks and the alike.

Results will be added to this website on a continuous basis. Check back to see the latest findings or follow @WholeLab on Twitter for updates!

Who are the participants?

Study Methods

Recruitment Site:


Survey Facilitation Site:



  • May 2020 
  • July 2020
  • September 2020
  • November 2020
  • September 2021
  • January 2022
  • August 2022


  • Cargivers at least 18 years of age
  • Have 2 children, between ages 5 & 18


  • Caregiver Self-Report
  • Caregiver Parent-Report

Planned Analyses:

  • Multilevel Path Analysis
  • Within- & Between-Family Associations
  • Scale Development

Areas of Measurement