Digital Media-related Problems Contributing to Psychiatric Hospitalizations Among Children and Adolescents Before and After the Onset of the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Digital Media-related Problems Contributing to Psychiatric Hospitalizations Among Children and Adolescents Before and After the Onset of the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Publication date: Jan 23, 2024

The role of digital media in crises leading to youth psychiatric admissions is understudied and digital media use increased during the COVID-19 pandemic. In this cross-sectional study, demographics, clinical characteristics, and digital media-related problems (DMRPs; sub-coded as cyberbullying, online communication problems, triggering content, and limit-setting problems) were extracted from hospital records of youth (n = 1,101) admitted to a pediatric psychiatric unit from May 2018 to November 2021. DMRPs were identified in 127 admissions (11. 5%), led by the online communication problems and limit-setting subtypes (both 4-5%). Significantly more overall problems were identified following the pandemic onset (13. 9% of admissions vs. 9. 1% before, p 

Concepts Keywords
Cyberbullying Adolescents
November Children
Psychiatry Digital media
Understudied Internet
Mental health
Psychiatric hospitalization

Semantics

Type Source Name
disease MESH COVID-19 Pandemic

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