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Impact of COVID-19 on the mental health among children in China with specific reference to emotional and behavioral disorders

Varsha Agarwal (Department of Management, Center for Management Studies, Jain (Deemed to be University), Bengaluru, India)
Ganesh L. (Institute of Management, Christ (Deemed to be University), Bengaluru, India)
Sunitha B.K. (Department of Management, Center for Management Studies, Jain (Deemed to be University), Bengaluru, India)

International Journal of Human Rights in Healthcare

ISSN: 2056-4902

Article publication date: 7 December 2020

Issue publication date: 4 June 2021

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Abstract

Purpose

This paper aims to investigate impact of coronavirus COVID-19 on children’s mental health specifically emotional and behavioral disorders. It aims at identifying the main disorders faced by children during epidemics and suggests recommendations to nurture resilience among children and involving them in various positive activities.

Design/methodology/approach

This study is based on review of literature focused on COVID-19. Recent articles related to coronavirus or COVID-19 and psychological distress among children were included to draw conclusion and impact of COVID-19 on mental health of children. Due to the limited availability of studies on CONID-19 impact on mental health of children, studies focused on recent pandemic were focused.

Findings

The identified literature reports a negative impact of COVID-19 on individual’s mental health. Relatives’ health, poor appetite, fear of asking questions about epidemics, agitation, clinginess, physical discomfort, nightmares and poor sleep, inattention and separation issues were among the major psychological conditions analyzed. Personal attributes such as resilience, should be nurtured so that children will be empowered to manage difficult situations such as traumas and disappointments. Several measures were suggested by pediatricians in China to family members and parents such as playing games with children to reduce feeling of loneliness, increased communication to address their concerns and fears, promoting and encouraging physical activities and involving in musical activities to reduce fear, worry and stress among children.

Originality/value

Coronavirus is new pandemic and growing rapidly. most of the research studies are focused on physical health of individuals, but mental health concept has bene overlooked. This study helps to broaden the scope of research on children's mental health by examining the impact of COVID-19.

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Citation

Agarwal, V., L., G. and B.K., S. (2021), "Impact of COVID-19 on the mental health among children in China with specific reference to emotional and behavioral disorders", International Journal of Human Rights in Healthcare, Vol. 14 No. 2, pp. 182-188. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJHRH-05-2020-0035

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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