CRAMPED Families Study

cramped logo family crowded in house

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

The Whole Family Lab is finding out!

Welcome to the Whole Family 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?

big hand holding little hand549Caregivers
nonbinary person67.8%Female Caregivers
World76%United Kingdom
World19%United States
world5%Canadian/ Australian
Hand holding heart90.2%Married

(incl. common-law and civil unions)

briefcase52.2%Full-Time Workers
hands holding star73%White- European

Study Methods

Recruitment Site:


Survey Facilitation Site:



  • May 2020 
  • July 2020
  • September 2020
  • Novemeber 2020


  • 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 

StethoscopeCOVID-19 Life Changes
brainCaregiver & Child Mental Health
circle of peopleFamily Functioning
chat bubblesParenting