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Child and adolescent mental health during the Covid-19 pandemic

Edited by: Anna Ordóñez, Andreas Witt, Andrés Martin, Jörg M. Fegert

The Covid-19 pandemic is profoundly impacting our lives. Therefore, we are proud to present this year’s thematic series “Child and adolescent mental health during the Covid-19 pandemic”. We are seeking high quality papers on the impact of the current pandemic on child mental health and how the mental health systems are adapting to the situation. Given the acute and rapidly changing nature of the pandemic, we are committed to providing a rapid editorial decision. For more information see here and the editorial.

  1. Canadians endured unprecedented mental health (MH) and support access challenges during the first COVID-19 wave. Identifying groups of individuals who remain at risk beyond the acute pandemic phase is key to g...

    Authors: S. Evelyn Stewart, John Best, Robert Selles, Zainab Naqqash, Boyee Lin, Cynthia Lu, Antony Au, Gaelen Snell, Clara Westwell-Roper, Tanisha Vallani, Elise Ewing, Kashish Dogra, Quynh Doan and Hasina Samji
    Citation: Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Mental Health 2023 17:20
  2. The medium-term impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the wellbeing of children and adolescents remains unclear. More than 2 years into the pandemic, we aimed to quantify the frequency and determinants of having ...

    Authors: Viviane Richard, Roxane Dumont, Elsa Lorthe, Andrea Loizeau, Hélène Baysson, María-Eugenia Zaballa, Francesco Pennacchio, Rémy P. Barbe, Klara M. Posfay-Barbe, Idris Guessous and Silvia Stringhini
    Citation: Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Mental Health 2023 17:17
  3. Although studies of adults show that pre-existing mental disorders increase risk for COVID-19 infection and severity, there is limited information about this association among youth. Mental disorders in genera...

    Authors: Kevin P. Conway, Kriti Bhardwaj, Emmanuella Michel, Diana Paksarian, Aki Nikolaidis, Minji Kang, Kathleen R. Merikangas and Michael P. Milham
    Citation: Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Mental Health 2023 17:14
  4. During the COVID-19 pandemic, children and adolescents worldwide have disproportionally been affected in their psychological health and wellbeing. We conducted a cohort study among German school children, aimi...

    Authors: Stefanie Theuring, Mascha Kern, Franziska Hommes, Marcus A. Mall, Joachim Seybold, Frank P. Mockenhaupt, Toivo Glatz and Tobias Kurth
    Citation: Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Mental Health 2023 17:1
  5. Research points to a high depression burden among youth during the COVID-19 pandemic; however, a lack of systematic evidence exists. We determine the change in depression symptoms among children and adolescent...

    Authors: Helena Ludwig-Walz, Indra Dannheim, Lisa M. Pfadenhauer, Jörg M. Fegert and Martin Bujard
    Citation: Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Mental Health 2022 16:109
  6. The Covid-19 pandemic may have had negative effects on youth and parental mental health, especially in high-risk populations such as multi-problem families (i.e., families that experience problems in multiple ...

    Authors: Natasha Koper, Hanneke E. Creemers, Levi van Dam, Geert Jan J. M. Stams and Susan Branje
    Citation: Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Mental Health 2022 16:103
  7. One of the COVID-19 pandemic consequences that has affected families the most is school lockdowns. Some studies have shown that distance learning has been especially challenging for families with a child with ...

    Authors: Lisa B. Thorell, Anselm B. M. Fuermaier, Hanna Christiansen, Ricarda Steinmayr, Dieter Baeyens, Almudena Giménez de la Peña, Madeleine J. Groom, Iman Idrees, Saskia van der Oord, Barbara J. van den Hoofdakker, Marjolein Luman, Irene C. Mammarella and Charlotte Skoglund
    Citation: Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Mental Health 2022 16:101
  8. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic people had to implement various infection prevention measures. Researchers have reported the difficulties experienced by children with neurodevelopmental disorders in implementing ...

    Authors: Tomoka Yamamoto, Sanae Tanaka, Arika Yoshizaki, Yuko Yoshimura, Aishah Ahmad Fauzi, Aida Syarinaz, Ahmad Adlan, Subhashini Jayanath, Norhamizan Hamzah, Haruo Fujino and Masaya Tachibana
    Citation: Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Mental Health 2022 16:78
  9. To examine differences in caregiver and youth reported mental health symptoms for youth initiating mental health treatment through phases of the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) pandemic, compared with symptomol...

    Authors: Brent R. Crandal, Andrea L. Hazen, Kelsey S. Dickson, Chia-Yu Kathryn Tsai, Emily Velazquez Trask and Gregory A. Aarons
    Citation: Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Mental Health 2022 16:77
  10. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the associated rise in anti-Asian hate crimes, we developed the Compassionate Home, Action Together program, (CHATogether) to support the mental health of the Asian Americ...

    Authors: Jae Eun Song, Nealie T. Ngo, Jessica G. Vigneron, Alan Lee, Steve Sust, Andrés Martin and Eunice Y. Yuen
    Citation: Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Mental Health 2022 16:76
  11. Depression and suicidal behavior are the main causes of disability and morbidity, especially in adolescents living with HIV (ALWHIV). Data regarding these are lacking in Botswana, a country with a predominantl...

    Authors: Anthony A. Olashore, Saeeda Paruk, Ontibile Tshume and Bonginkosi Chiliza
    Citation: Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Mental Health 2022 16:62
  12. The COVID-19 pandemic is challenging for health care systems around the world. Teletherapy (psychotherapy conducted via videoconference) for children and adolescents offers a promising opportunity not only to ...

    Authors: Lea Meininger, Julia Adam, Elena von Wirth, Paula Viefhaus, Katrin Woitecki, Daniel Walter and Manfred Döpfner
    Citation: Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Mental Health 2022 16:61
  13. The COVID-19 pandemic, associated with confinement and social isolation, seems to have impacted the course of many mental disorders in children and adolescents. An increase in hospital admission rates for juve...

    Authors: Susanne Gilsbach, Maria Teresa Plana, Josefina Castro-Fornieles, Michela Gatta, Gunilla Paulson Karlsson, Itziar Flamarique, Jean-Philippe Raynaud, Anna Riva, Anne-Line Solberg, Annemarie A. van Elburg, Elisabet Wentz, Renata Nacinovich and Beate Herpertz-Dahlmann
    Citation: Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Mental Health 2022 16:46
  14. Adolescents have been deeply exposed to negative consequences of social distancing imposed by Covid-19. There is a lack of longitudinal studies regarding the impact on adolescents of this unfavorable condition...

    Authors: Laura Pedrini, Serena Meloni, Mariangela Lanfredi, Clarissa Ferrari, Andrea Geviti, Annamaria Cattaneo and Roberta Rossi
    Citation: Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Mental Health 2022 16:42
  15. Psychosocial stress during the COVID-19 pandemic is increasing particularly in parents. Although being specifically vulnerable to negative environmental exposures, research on psychosocial stress factors in in...

    Authors: Catherine Buechel, Ina Nehring, Clara Seifert, Stefan Eber, Uta Behrends, Volker Mall and Anna Friedmann
    Citation: Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Mental Health 2022 16:37
  16. The COVID-19 pandemic has undoubtedly had a significant impact on youth mental health and/or addiction concerns and exacerbated pre-existing gaps in access to mental health and/or addiction care. Caregivers ca...

    Authors: Roula Markoulakis, Andreina Da Silva, Sugy Kodeeswaran and Anthony Levitt
    Citation: Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Mental Health 2022 16:35
  17. An upsurge in psychological distress was documented in pregnant women during the COVID-19 pandemic. We investigated with a longitudinal design whether prenatal and postnatal maternal distress during the COVID-...

    Authors: Gabrielle Duguay, Julia Garon-Bissonnette, Roxanne Lemieux, Karine Dubois-Comtois, Kristel Mayrand and Nicolas Berthelot
    Citation: Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Mental Health 2022 16:28
  18. In contexts where poverty and mental health stressors already interact to negatively impact the most vulnerable populations, COVID-19 is likely to have worsened these impacts. Before the COVID-19 pandemic, ado...

    Authors: Zoe Duby, Brittany Bunce, Chantal Fowler, Kate Bergh, Kim Jonas, Janan Janine Dietrich, Darshini Govindasamy, Caroline Kuo and Catherine Mathews
    Citation: Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Mental Health 2022 16:23
  19. The measures against the COVID-19 pandemic are challenging for children and parents, and detrimental effects on child health are suggested especially from lock-down measures and school closings.

    Authors: Deborah Kurz, Stefanie Braig, Jon Genuneit and Dietrich Rothenbacher
    Citation: Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Mental Health 2022 16:20
  20. The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted on psychiatric symptoms of children and young people, but many psychiatric services have been disrupted. It is unclear how service use, self-harm and suicide has changed sinc...

    Authors: Wan Mohd Azam Wan Mohd Yunus, Laura Kauhanen, Andre Sourander, June S. L. Brown, Kirsi Peltonen, Kaisa Mishina, Lotta Lempinen, Kalpana Bastola, Sonja Gilbert and David Gyllenberg
    Citation: Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Mental Health 2022 16:15
  21. The 2019 coronavirus (COVID-19) has caused enormous negative impacts on adolescents’ routines, social interaction, interpersonal relationships, psychosocial well-being, and physical health. Nevertheless, theor...

    Authors: Jian-Bin Li, Kai Dou and Zi-Hao Liu
    Citation: Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Mental Health 2022 16:13
  22. Studies are documenting the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on youth mental health. We extended this literature by characterizing a child psychiatric outpatient sample in the United States during the middle of...

    Authors: Alysa E. Doyle, Mary K. Colvin, Clara S. Beery, Maya R. Koven, Pieter J. Vuijk and Ellen B. Braaten
    Citation: Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Mental Health 2022 16:12
  23. The impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic have been vast and are not limited to physical health. Many adolescents have experienced disruptions to daily life, including changes in their school routine and family’s f...

    Authors: H. M. Thomas, K. C. Runions, L. Lester, K. Lombardi, M. Epstein, J. Mandzufas, T. Barrow, S. Ang, A. Leahy, M. Mullane, A. Whelan, J. Coffin, F. Mitrou, S. R. Zubrick, A. C. Bowen, P. W. Gething…
    Citation: Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Mental Health 2022 16:4
  24. Since the COVID-19 outbreak, few studies have investigated the positive psychological consequences on young people. This study examined resilience, positive experiences, and coping strategies reported by Austr...

    Authors: Joanne R. Beames, Sophie H. Li, Jill M. Newby, Kate Maston, Helen Christensen and Aliza Werner-Seidler
    Citation: Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Mental Health 2021 15:77
  25. There is concern about the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on psychosocial functioning among school-age children, who have faced unusual stressors during this time. Our goal was to assess mental health symptom...

    Authors: Andrea E. Spencer, Rachel Oblath, Rohan Dayal, J. Krystel Loubeau, Julia Lejeune, Jennifer Sikov, Meera Savage, Catalina Posse, Sonal Jain, Nicole Zolli, Tithi D. Baul, Valeria Ladino, Chelsea Ji, Jessica Kabrt, Lillian Mousad, Megan Rabin…
    Citation: Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Mental Health 2021 15:73
  26. The COVID-19 pandemic resulted in substantial disruptions to the daily lives of young people. Yet knowledge is lacking about changes in mental well-being among young adults, whether those from ethnic minoritie...

    Authors: Stephanie Plenty, Chloe Bracegirdle, Jörg Dollmann and Olivia Spiegler
    Citation: Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Mental Health 2021 15:69
  27. The COVID-19 pandemic has directly impacted the field of child and adolescent psychiatry, affecting all aspects of the lives of children and their families and increasing their risk of distress and mental heal...

    Authors: Jordan Sibeoni, Emilie Manolios, Emmanuel Costa-Drolon, Jean-Pierre Meunier, Laurence Verneuil and Anne Revah-Levy
    Citation: Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Mental Health 2021 15:68
  28. The spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and the accompanying countermeasures can significantly impact the wellbeing of adolescents. There is a lack of longitudinal studies that can shed light on potential...

    Authors: Ieva Daniunaite, Inga Truskauskaite-Kuneviciene, Siri Thoresen, Paulina Zelviene and Evaldas Kazlauskas
    Citation: Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Mental Health 2021 15:45
  29. To prospectively document changes in adolescents’ sleep before versus during the COVID-19 pandemic, and to examine their impact on adolescents’ perceived stress.

    Authors: Reut Gruber, Gabrielle Gauthier-Gagne, Denise Voutou, Gail Somerville, Sujata Saha and Johanne Boursier
    Citation: Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Mental Health 2021 15:43
  30. We examined the personal and professional impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on the development, practice, and shifting values of child and adolescent psychiatrists (CAP), in order to inform how the field may mo...

    Authors: Madeline DiGiovanni, Indigo Weller and Andrés Martin
    Citation: Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Mental Health 2021 15:32
  31. In the first months of the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, many countries took radical prevention measures. Authorities had to communicate with the public regularly to explain and ensure compliance with these...

    Authors: Sabine Kaiser, Henriette Kyrrestad and Monica Martinussen
    Citation: Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Mental Health 2021 15:30
  32. Emerging literature on the current COVID-19 crisis suggests that children may experience increased anxiety and depression as a result of the pandemic. To prevent such school and mental health-related problems,...

    Authors: Catherine Malboeuf-Hurtubise, Terra Léger-Goodes, Geneviève A. Mageau, Geneviève Taylor, Catherine M. Herba, Nicholas Chadi and David Lefrançois
    Citation: Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Mental Health 2021 15:15
  33. The novel coronavirus disease (Covid-19) has spread quickly worldwide with dramatic consequences on our daily lives. Adverse psychosocial consequences of Covid-19 might be particularly severe for children and ...

    Authors: Josefine Rothe, Judith Buse, Anne Uhlmann, Annet Bluschke and Veit Roessner
    Citation: Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Mental Health 2021 15:11
  34. To examine, through photo-elicitation, the personal and professional impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on mental health professionals working with children and adolescents around the globe.

    Authors: Olivia D. Herrington, Ashley Clayton, Laelia Benoit, Cecil Prins-Aardema, Madeline DiGiovanni, Indigo Weller and Andrés Martin
    Citation: Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Mental Health 2021 15:5

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  35. The situation of crisis produced by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic poses major challenges to societies all over the world. While efforts to contain the virus are vital to protect global health, these same...

    Authors: Noemí Pereda and Diego A. Díaz-Faes
    Citation: Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Mental Health 2020 14:40
  36. The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is profoundly affecting life around the globe. Isolation, contact restrictions and economic shutdown impose a complete change to the psychosocial environment in affected...

    Authors: Jörg M. Fegert, Benedetto Vitiello, Paul L. Plener and Vera Clemens
    Citation: Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Mental Health 2020 14:20