Sociology faculty embark on a new research project focused on the impact of stay at home orders for households in the U.S. 

Households throughout the nation are experiencing changes that are unprecedented in modern times. With states announcing stay-at-home orders in an effort to slow the spread of Covid-19, many families are finding themselves in uncharted territory, especially as it pertains to labor practices. We hope to understand how these changes have impacted household schedules, purchasing practices, and health behaviors. 

We want to hear from diverse households about their experiences now and in the future as our lives are impacted by Covid-19. We invite everyone to participate in this study and to share with your friends and colleagues. 

This study is intended for adults, age 18 and over living in the United States. 

There are two ways to participate: surveys and interviews. Participants can choose to participate in surveys or interviews or both. 

More survey information

You can participate in the first survey here.

  • We plan for there to be three separate surveys spaced out over the next several months.
  • Participants will be contacted each time a new survey is available. 
  • Participants who are interested in both the surveys and the interviews are able to volunteer for interviews at the end of the survey. 
  • The first survey is expected to take around 30 minutes.
  • If you are unable to complete the survey in one sitting, you can save and resume your survey at any time during the next 7 days.

More interview information

You can volunteer for interviews here.

  • Much like the surveys, there will be three successive one-on-one interviews taking place over the next several months.
  • These interviews can be held by phone or video chat and scheduled to meet the needs of participants. 
  • The first interview is expected to take around 30 minutes. After completing the volunteer form, a member of the research team will contact you to schedule your first interview. 
  • Participants who wish to participate in interviews but NOT surveys can complete an interview volunteer form here.

Your rights as a study participant:

Study Title: Gendered Experiences of Quarantine during the 2020 Covid-19 outbreak 

Principal Investigator(s):  Amy Sorensen, PhD;  Co-Investigator(s):  Shelley Koch, PhD

This research is being carried out by Emory & Henry College’s Department of Sociology to get a better understanding of your personal experiences and the experiences of your household during social distancing and quarantine. 

In order to participate, you should be at least 18 years of age and live in the United States. 

This research will be going on throughout the quarantine and briefly afterwards. You will be asked to complete an online survey now, again in a few weeks, and again after quarantine/social distancing measures have been lifted. We will provide more information about the interview portion of the study if you decide to participate in that in a separate consent process. 

  • What should I know about a research study?
    • Whether or not you take part is up to you.
    • You can choose not to take part.
    • You can agree to take part and later change your mind.
    • Your decision will not be held against you.

    If you are a student or employee of Emory & Henry College neither your status as a student or an employee will be impacted by your decision to participate or not participate. 

  • What I will do if I participate in this study?

    You will be asked to complete 3 surveys: one now, one later during the pandemic, and one after stay at home orders have ended.  The surveys will be asking questions about what your life at home and your responsibilities at home are like during each time point to see if there are any changes. Because we will be tracking your responses over time, we will ask you to provide your email addresses.  

    If you find that you are unable to complete the survey at once, you may return to your survey any time in the next seven days to complete it.

    Each survey will take about 30 minutes of your time. We will send two follow up surveys during the time of the COVID-19 quarantine.


    You will be asked to complete three interviews: one now, one later during the pandemic, and one after stay at home orders have ended.  The interviews will be asking questions about what your life at home and your life in general since the stay at home orders have been in place for COVID-19. Because we will be tracking your responses over time, we will ask you to provide your email address and telephone number.

    The Emory & Henry Sociology faculty will interview you either by phone or video chat depending on what works best for you. 

    The interview will be either audio or video recorded so that we can transcribe the interview afterwards. The interviews will only be available to the researchers.  After we transcribe and analyze the interviews we will destroy the recording.

  • How long will it take me to do this?

    Each of the three interviews will take about 30 - 45 minutes of your time. We will conduct the interviews periodically during the quarantine period. 

  • Is there any way being in this study could be bad for me?

    This research poses no risks beyond those encountered in daily life. 

  • What are the potential benefits of participating in the research?

    There is no direct benefit to you, though it may be cathartic to share your experiences. Understanding how social isolation in the time of a pandemic impacts different groups of people and using an intersectional lens to evaluate changes is integral to making positive change and bringing problems to the public eye.

  • Will anyone know what I do or say in this research (Confidentiality)?

    We will have access to your email address, to send you invitations for the follow-up studies. Your contact information will only be available to the researchers. It will not be shared with anyone else. 

  • What happens if I do not want to be in this research or if I say “Yes”, but I change my mind later?

    Participation in research is voluntary. You can decide to participate or not to participate.  No question on the survey or interview is required – you may skip any question at any time. 

    If you complete a survey and decide later that you no longer want to participate, you can email us, and we won’t send you anymore surveys.  We will keep the information already collected. 

  • Who can I talk to if I have questions about the study or if I feel hurt by the research study?

    If have questions or think you have been harmed by this study, you can contact:

    Dr. Amy Sorensen 

  • How can I contact someone outside the research team for information about this research?

    If you wish to talk to someone other than the researcher(s) about: questions about your rights as a research participant; wish to obtain information; report a case of research-related injury; ask questions, discuss any concerns about this research; or wish to offer input about this research, please contact:

    Emory & Henry IRB 
     P.O. Box 947 
     Emory, Va. 24327