IMPACT OF COVID–19 PANDEMIC ON CHILDREN AND ADOLESCENT MENTAL HEALTH

  • Darius Leskauskas LSMU MA Psichiatrijos klinika
  • Dainius Juodenis LSMU MA Psichiatrijos klinikos Vaikų ir paauglių psichiatrijos skyrius
  • Gintarė Veličkaitė LSMU MA Psichiatrijos klinikos Vaikų ir paauglių psichiatrijos skyrius
Keywords: COVID–19, children, adolescents, mental health

Abstract

Aim of this study is to evaluate what impact COVID–19 and its restrictions had on children and adolescent mental health. Methods. Study sample consisted of 10–17 year old patients of Psychiatry department of Hospital of Lithuanian University of Health Sciences Kauno klinikos and their parents, survey involved 2 questionnaires (children and parents/guardians). Surveys were completed in 2020 May-July months, during lockdown period. Results. Questionnaires were completed by 53 children, and 50 parents/guardians. Results showed, that COVID–19 pandemic and its restrictions had a negative impact on children with mental health disorders. Changes were reported in their emotional state, anxiety levels, behavior, sleeping patterns, education. 67.9% of children reported changes of emotional state: 47.2% worsening and 20.7% improvement.

Published
2021-06-18