Impacts of COVID-19 on Children and Adolescent Well-Being
COVID-19, Frontline Responders and Mental Health: A Playbook for Delivering Resilient Public Health Systems Post-Pandemic
ISBN: 978-1-80262-118-1, eISBN: 978-1-80262-115-0
Publication date: 23 January 2023
The COVID-19 pandemic imposed significant and abrupt lifestyle changes on the pediatric population. Major lifestyle changes that occur during children’s and adolescents’ vital developmental years have the potential to introduce stressors, which have both immediate and long-term effects on physical and mental health. The aspects of the COVID-19 pandemic that impacted pediatric mental health included school closures, quarantine, increases in screen time, changes to Labor & Delivery unit COVID-19 policies, and changes to the delivery of clinical mental health care, including telehealth. In addition, pediatric mental health was deeply impacted by the ongoing challenges to health equity associated with health disparities and racism as a health crisis. Pediatric mental health declined since the start of the pandemic, school closures and quarantine affected rates of food insecurity and physical activity levels, and the COVID-19 pandemic exacerbated pre-existing health disparities and mental health conditions among the pediatric population. Recommendations for building more resilient public health systems are explored.
Rodriguez, Y. and Burke, R.V. (2023), "Impacts of COVID-19 on Children and Adolescent Well-Being", Horney, J.A. (Ed.) COVID-19, Frontline Responders and Mental Health: A Playbook for Delivering Resilient Public Health Systems Post-Pandemic, Emerald Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 43-54. https://doi.org/10.1108/978-1-80262-115-020231004
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