Coronavirus Pandemic - #STAYHOME: How Are You Holding Up? Questions And Tips For 11-18-Year-Olds To Make It Better

Dóra Szentiványi, Lili Olga Horváth, Anne Kjeldsen, Kirsten L. Buist, Bernadett Frida Farkas, Gyöngyvér Ferenczi-Dallos, Péter Garas, Dóra Győri, Ágnes Győrfi, Dóra Győrfi, Ulrike Ravens-Sieberer, Judit Balázs

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Abstract

Purpose: Adolescents have to cope with several challenges and restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic, with many of those incongruent with the typical developmental tasks of adolescent age. Some adolescents might be particularly vulnerable in this situation, including those who are deprived of psychological, social or health care services and/or are exposed to abuse or neglect in their home environment. The aims of the current international multicentre follow-up study are to: 1. collect data on the mental health and quality of life of adolescents during and after the pandemic; 2. improve their mental health by providing an online prevention program that addresses their actual needs; 3. accelerate the development of culturally adapted prevention programs by involving an international team, and 4. to contribute to adequate preparation for any potentially occurring, similar situation in the future. Methods: Participants aged 11-18 years and their parents/caregivers from different parts of Europe and non-European countries are recruited online. Data are collected regularly in a follow-up study by means of structured self-administered online questionnaires on adolescents’ mental health, quality of life and current attitudes and needs. The baseline data collection was in March 2020 at first restrictions of the COVID pandemic in Europe. It is followed up several times (at the beginning weekly, later monthly, bi-monthly, three-monthly) to study changes in mental health, quality of life and attitudes of children and adolescents during the coronavirus disease pandemic. Data were collected by means of structured questionnaires (see below). The time frame of the study is set to one year from study start, March 2021. The last data collection was done in December 2020. The prevention program is developed and provided based on continuously analysed incoming data. Conclusions: Prevention based on the results of the study is expected to contribute to maintaining adolescents’mental health, improve their quality of life, increase their and their environment’s cooperation with the necessary restrictions during the pandemic, and to make reintegration easier once the restrictions are over. Furthermore, the study has the potential to inform on the wellbeing of children and adolescents in extreme situations in general, thus contribute to future preventive measures and policymaking. Implications and Contribution: The proposed international online follow-up study is expected to provide scientific evidence for 1. possible changes in the mental health and quality of life of adolescents during and after a pandemic situation, 2. the effectiveness of a culturally adapted prevention program developed to address challenges associated with these changes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)208-214
Number of pages7
JournalNeuropsychopharmacologia Hungarica
Volume23
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2021

Keywords

  • Adolescent
  • COVID-19 pandemic
  • Mental health
  • Online prevention program
  • Quality of life
  • Restrictions

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