Analyzing five studies on children and 16 on college students, researchers found that both groups reported feeling more anxious, depressed, fatigued, and distressed than prior to the pandemic. Results also indicated factors that were associated with more severe self reported mental health outcomes, such as living in rural communities and having friends or family members involved in the health care system. Conclusions may inform policy makers and educators as they attempt to mitigate the mental health impacts of COVID-19 and related isolation on American youth.
Abstract and Citation
Elharake, J.A., Akbar, F., Malik, A.A. et al. Mental Health Impact of COVID-19 among Children and College Students: A Systematic Review. Child Psychiatry Hum Dev (2022). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10578-021-01297-1