Preliminary findings shared from COVID-19 child mental health research study

Dec 7, 2020

Published by SickKids Newsroom.

Summary: 70 per cent of children and youth surveyed reported worse mental health during the initial spring lockdowns.

In the spring, SickKids brought together four leading child mental health research teams to understand how COVID-19 emergency measures have affected the mental health and wellbeing of children and families. Now, they’re able to share preliminary findings from their ongoing study.

70 per cent of children and youth surveyed reported worse mental health during the initial spring lockdowns. Greater stress from social isolation was the most significant risk factor for worse mental health. The study team says safe social interactions are critical for mental health during COVID-19 waves.

These preliminary findings are under review for publication by a peer-reviewed journal. Read more about the initial study launch.