The mental health of children and adolescents during the COVID-19 pandemic: a narrative review

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DOI:

https://doi.org/10.33448/rsd-v9i9.7687

Keywords:

COVID-19; Coronavirus; Child health; Adolescent health; Mental health.

Abstract

The study was a narrative review on the mental health of children and adolescents during a COVID-19 pandemic. A search was performed in the PubMed, BVS and Google Scholar databases, between April and June 2020. The studies revealed greater psychological distress due to social isolation, increased family conflicts and violence between parents and children. The closure of schools, lack of social interaction, feelings of uncertainty and fear in the face of a pandemic also contribute to the emergence of anxiety and stress symptoms in families. The resources of the Internet and social media can be tools of psychosocial support to families during quarantine, enabling therapeutic practices, information and contact between peers; minimizing symptoms of stress, anxiety and depression. Public policies are urgent and demand innovation and new technologies applied to families' mental health care.

Author Biographies

Cristina Maria Duarte Wigg, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro

Professor, Collective Health PhD

Member of the Psychometrics Department. Institute of Psychology.

E.S. Chief Neuropsychology Sector. Institute of Neurology Deolindo Couto.

Isabella Maria Félix de Almeida Coutinho, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro

Research and extension scholarship. Psychology Graduate. 

Psychometrics Department. Institute of Psychology.

Neuropsychology Sector. Institute of Neurology Deolindo Couto.

Isabelle Cristine da Silva, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro

Research and extension scholarship. Psychology Graduate. 

Psychometrics Department. Institute of Psychology.

Neuropsychology Sector. Institute of Neurology Deolindo Couto.

Larissa Bezerra Lopes, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro

Research and extension scholarship. Psychology Graduate. 

Psychometrics Department. Institute of Psychology.

Neuropsychology Sector. Institute of Neurology Deolindo Couto.

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04/09/2020

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WIGG, C. M. D.; COUTINHO, I. M. F. de A. .; SILVA, I. C. da; LOPES, L. B. . The mental health of children and adolescents during the COVID-19 pandemic: a narrative review. Research, Society and Development, [S. l.], v. 9, n. 9, p. e704997687, 2020. DOI: 10.33448/rsd-v9i9.7687. Disponível em: https://www.rsdjournal.org/index.php/rsd/article/view/7687. Acesso em: 25 feb. 2021.

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