A cartoon woman with brown hair and a red jacket with black pants crouching down to help her child, who also has brown hair and a red jacket with black pants

VIU’s Sociology Department is conducting a survey of mothers who have had their caretaking efforts affected by the COVID-19 pandemic / Image via Pixabay

VIU’s Sociology Department is asking all mothers whose caregiving efforts have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic to participate in a questionnaire. The department has formed a research team comprised of both students and professors to study the effects the pandemic has had on mothers.

The research team wants to learn about maternal challenges and successes while balancing work, teaching children in a homeschooling environment, and supporting friends, family, and neighbours.

The results of the study will be presented in academic publications to help raise awareness of the issues mothers have been dealing with since March.

The questionnaire is open to any mothers or caregivers on Vancouver Island and the surrounding Gulf Islands and will be completely anonymous. However, once the questionnaire is completed, there will be an opportunity to enter your name and contact information for the chance to win a gift card from a local female-owned or female-led business.

To participate in the survey, click here.



Kristen Bounds is a fifth-year Creative Writing major focusing on non-fiction and journalism. Her writing mostly centres around her passion topics: environmentalism and social justice. Apart from talking about plastic to anyone who will listen, she enjoys reading, surfing, and is quite partial to a cold hazy pale ale.

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