Longitudinal Covid-19 effects on child mental health: vulnerability and age dependent trajectories.

Publication date: Sep 04, 2023

Few longitudinal studies have investigated the extended long-term impact of the Covid-19 pandemic for children’s and adolescents’ mental health, and a lack of uniform findings suggest heterogeneity in the impact of the pandemic. This study investigated child and adolescent mental health symptoms across four occasions (pre-pandemic, initial lockdown, second lockdown, and society post reopening) using data from the Dynamics of Family Conflict study. Child and adolescent depressive vulnerability, age, and sex were explored as trajectory moderators. Children and adolescents (N = 381, M = 13. 65, SD = 1. 74) self-reported their anxiety, depression, and externalizing symptoms. Mixed effects analyses were performed to investigate trajectories across measurement occasions and interaction terms between occasion and moderator variables were included to better understand the heterogeneity in the impact of the pandemic. Children and adolescents reported increases in anxiety symptoms at the second lockdown (t(523) = -3. 66, p 

Concepts Keywords
Increases Anxiety and depression
Moderators Children and adolescents
Pandemic Covid-19
Psychiatry Externalizing difficulties
T523 Longitudinal study


Type Source Name
disease MESH Covid-19
disease VO LACK
drug DRUGBANK Tropicamide

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