Frequently Asked Questions

Here are the answers to some frequently asked questions.

What is the purpose of the Young Adult Development study?

The purpose of this study is to learn what personal and social factors shape decision-making as youth become young adults. Conducted over five years, this study will look at how different experiences impact youth as they leave high school and transition into adulthood.

Who is running this study?

This study is being led by Dr Julie Weatherhead and Dr Nick Turner from the Haskayne School of Business at the University of Calgary.

The study is being administered by R.A. Malatest & Associates (Malatest), an independent Canadian research company that has been around for almost 40 years.

This study has received funding from Canada's Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council.

For more information about Drs Weatherhead and Turner, Haskayne School of Business, Malatest or the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, please see the Contact tab.

Does this study have ethics approval?

Yes. This study has been approved by UCalgary's Conjoint Faculties Research Ethics Board (REB22-0294).

Who can participate in this study?

In Year 1, Canadians and permanent residents aged 17 or 18 years old who left high school in 2023 were invited to participate in the study.

Registration closed at the end of Year 1. Only those who completed a valid survey in 2023 can participate in this study.

How long will the survey take?

Year 1 was the year that took participants the longest, because there was a registration survey and then the main survey. In all subsequent years, including this year, your participation will take less time since you won't have to fill out the registration form again.

How long will this study take?

This is a longitudinal study, meaning it will run over five consecutive years, with a possible final follow up in Year 10. Each year, participants will be sent an email, inviting them to participate in that year's survey. In Year 1, it took a bit longer because everyone had to fill out a registration form as well as the survey. In all subsequent years, including this year, participation will take less time since you don't need to fill out the registration form again.

How will I benefit from participating?

By participating in this study, you are part of a small group of young Canadians participating in a groundbreaking study about how youth make decisions as they transition into adulthood.

Every participant who completes the Year 2 survey will receive a $5 e-gift card. In addition, all participants who complete a valid Year 2 survey will be entered into a prize draw for one of 15 $100.00 gift cards. See below for information about the prize draw.

Where can I get more information about the incentives and the prize draw?

For the rules governing the provision of incentives, click here.

For the rules governing the prize draw, click here.

Do I have to participate?

No. The decision to take part in this study is completely up to you.

We would really like to hear from you, but if you don't want to participate that's okay. You can stop at any time, even after you have started the survey, and you won't be asked to tell us why or give any explanations. There will be no negative consequences.

Will the information I provide be kept private?

Yes. Malatest abides by Canadian laws that prevent people from sharing personal information.

We do not share people's answers in any way that might indicate who answered the questions. Instead, we group information together and report it back that way (called 'reporting in aggregate'), so that no one person can be singled out. That keeps everyone, and the information they provide, safe.

More information about how we protect privacy is available on the Privacy tab.

I have more questions. Who can I talk to?

If you still have questions, please email us and someone will get back to you soon. You can print a copy of these FAQ by clicking here.

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Mental Health Information

We are hoping to hear from a diverse group of young Canadians, with different backgrounds, experiences, hopes and plans. We know that this means that participants may experience the survey differently: some participants will be totally comfortable answering the questions about their life and experiences, while others could find it triggering.

While some participants may decide to stop participating - which is absolutely fine - we know that some participants will want to participate even if they find some of the topics difficult or triggering.

We want to support everyone, whether you decide to participate or not. Here are some mental health resources you might find useful.


Kids Help PhoneKids Help Phone's e-mental health services are available 24/7 across Canada.
Canadian Mental Health AssociationThere are CMHA branches across Canada. Click the link to find one in your area.
Youth Mental Health CanadaClick the link to find a list of mental health resources in your province or territory.

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