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Title: The impact of COVID-19 on youth mental health: A mixed methods survey.
Austin Authors: Bell, Imogen H;Nicholas, Jennifer;Broomhall, Amy;Bailey, Eleanor;Bendall, Sarah;Boland, Alexandra;Robinson, Jo;Adams, Sophie;McGorry, Patrick;Thompson, Andrew
Affiliation: Division of Mental Health and Wellbeing, University of Warwick, United Kingdom.
Orygen, Melbourne, Australia
Centre for Youth Mental Health, University of Melbourne, Australia.
Department of Psychology, Counselling and Therapy, La Trobe University, Australia.
Department of Family Medicine & Community Health, University of Massachusetts, Medical School, Worcester, United States.
Austin Health
Issue Date: 28-Jan-2023
Date: 2023
Publication information: Psychiatry research 2023; 321
Abstract: The COVID-19 pandemic has presented profound disruptions to young people at a critical period of psychosocial development. The current study aimed to explore the perceived negative and positive impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on young people's mental health and wellbeing across a spectrum of clinical needs. A cross-sectional online survey including both quantitative and qualitative responses captured positive and negative impacts of COVID-19 across 593 young people with and without mental health care needs. Findings revealed high levels of clinical depression (48%), anxiety (51%), and loneliness in both samples. Approximately 75% of young people in primary mental health care services, and over 80% in the general population, reported a negative impact on work, non-work activities and mental health and wellbeing. Open-ended responses reflected positive impacts in the domains of greater capacity for self-care and reflection due to the decreased pressures of daily life. Negative impacts reflected worsening mental health, disruptions to key developmental milestones regarding relationships with self and others, and limited capacity for self-care. Together, these data highlight the critical need for early intervention support for the psychosocial impacts experienced by young people due to the pandemic, particularly among those with existing mental health care needs.
DOI: 10.1016/j.psychres.2023.115082
Journal: Psychiatry Research
Start page: 115082
PubMed URL: 36738592
ISSN: 1872-7123
Type: Journal Article
Subjects: Anxiety
Mental health
Young people
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