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    Growing Up in Québec study (children born in 2020 or 2021)

    The main objective of the study is to better understand the factors that influence children’s well-being and development. It will be used to produce enlightening statistics on the needs of Québec children and families. Social policies and programs can then be better adapted to their reality.

    Frequently asked questions

    What is the Institut de la statistique du Québec?

    The Institut de la Statistique du Québec, also known as Statistique Québec, is a government agency whose mission is to produce, analyze and disseminate official, objective and quality statistics on various aspects of Québec society.

    What is a longitudinal study?

    It’s a study that follows the same people over time. The information gathered in this way allows us to better understand changes in living situations, the development (or non-development) of certain behaviours, and the various transitions experienced.

    How do I participate in the study?

    An interviewer from Statistique Québec will call your family to explain the study and answer your questions. She will also schedule an appointment to do an interview at your home. If it is not possible to meet in person due to health measures, the interview will take place by phone or via the Zoom application.

    Once the appointment has been scheduled, each parent will receive an e-mail containing the information they will need to complete their online questionnaire. A paper version of these questionnaires is also available upon request.

    During the visit, the interviewer will complete a questionnaire with you, then will weigh and measure your child.

    To complete the online questionnaire:

    If necessary, you can exit the questionnaire and return to finish it at a more convenient time.

    Upcoming data collection rounds

    Over the next few years, we will invite you to fill out questionnaires every year or two. Your child will also be invited to take part in activities to measure his or her development. When he or she is older, your child will have his or her own questionnaire to complete and will also be able to ask us questions about the study.

    1. As most of the interviewers for Growing Up in Québec are women, the feminine gender is used to make the text easier to read.

    I tried accessing the online questionnaire, but keep getting an error message. What should I do?

    Make sure you entered your identifier and password correctly.

    You can contact Statistique Québec by phone at 1-866-433-7828 or by e-mail at growingupinquebec@stat.gouv.qc.ca.

    Please mention the name of the study (Growing Up in Québec), your name, your family number, and your contact information.

    We will respond to your request within 24 hours during our office hours: Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

    Why was my child chosen?

    Your 17-month-old baby was randomly selected, just like several thousand other children of the same age. We obtained your contact information from Retraite Québec and the Régie de l’assurance maladie du Québec (RAMQ), under agreements approved by the Commission d’accès à l’information in accordance with the Act respecting Access to documents held by public bodies and the Protection of personal information.

    Do I have to take part in this study?

    Your participation in this study is voluntary, but important, since it will allow us to better understand the development of Québec children. Your family is unique, and if you drop out of the study, we unfortunately won’t be able to replace you.

    Are conversation recorded?

    For quality and training purposes, conversations with Statistique Québec interviewers are recorded. If you do not want your conversation to be recorded, simply notify the interviewer.

    What is Statistique Québec’s privacy policy?

    The Act respecting the Institut de la statistique du Québec guarantees that the information you provide will be kept confidential and will only be used for statistical purposes. All Statistique Québec employees have taken an oath before a commissioner and are bound to maintain the secrecy and confidentiality of the data they collect.

    Will you share my answers with other individuals or organizations?

    Statistique Québec will transmit the answers you provide to the partners and researchers collaborating on the Growing Up in Québec study in a de-identified form, meaning without any information that can directly identify the members of your family, like your names, telephone numbers or your address. Before they can receive the data files, these partners and researchers must sign a confidentiality agreement that meets Statistique Québec’s standards. All of your information will be kept confidential and will only be used for statistical purposes.

    Does Statistique Québec have an ethical framework?

    Yes. The study was reviewed by the ethics committee appointed by Statistique Québec. This committee is responsible for safeguarding the respect, dignity and integrity of those participating or included in the study.

    How can I make sure you are from Statistique Québec?

    You can call Statistique Québec toll-free at 1-866-433-7828.

    How long will this study last?

    Statistique Québec and its partners would like to continue the study until the children reach adulthood in order to achieve its main objective.

    When will the study results be made available?

    Various publications based on the results of this study will be made available on Statistique Québec’s website starting in 2024.

    How can I get more information about the study?

    For more information about the study, please contact the Direction de la gestion de la collecte by e-mail at growingupinquebec@stat.gouv.qc.ca or by phone at 1-866-433-7828 (toll-free). You can reach us Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.

    Additional information is also available on the website of the study: statistique.quebec.ca/growingupinquebec.