Consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic on children and adolescents’ socialization

The rapid progression of the COVID-19 pandemic has prompted the adoption of health measures aimed at curbing the spread of the virus. Although clearly necessary, these measures have changed the social environment of all individuals, directly affecting their social habits and in some cases their psychological well-being. The SoCovid project documents children and adolescent perspectives on socialization during confinement.


  • 5 to 14 years old
  • 67 participants


  • Interview with the participant about their experience
  • Questionnaires for parents


  • Greater Montreal Area

Key Results

Social upheavals related to the COVID-19 pandemic sparked reflection among participants, and their perspectives were categorized into three main themes, each with several sub-themes:


The irreplaceable nature of friendship


The unsuspected benefits of school for socialization


The limits and possibilities of virtual socialization

Danaë Larivière-Bastien

“Collecting qualitative information on the perspectives of children and adolescents has provided a better understanding of the consequences of the pandemic on their socialization and psychological health and contributes to our fundamental understanding of social competence in childhood.”

Danaë Larivière-BastienCandidate au D.Psy