APH COVID-19 initiative: The effects of COVID-19 restrictions on mental health in a child and adolescent psychiatric population

In a unique collaboration, four academic child and adolescent psychiatric centers (Curium-Leiden, Karakter-Nijmegen, Accare-Groningen and Bascule-Amsterdam), will study the effects of COVID-19 restrictions on mental health in a large child and adolescent psychiatric population. Data for this study will be collected in the 4th week of April 2020 in all children between 8 and 18 years old currently registered for a variety of psychiatric problems in one of the centers.

The study consists of two parts. For part 1, self reported Patient Reported Outcome measures (PROMS) data are collected. PROMS are short, adaptive questionnaires measuring a range of mental problems. Assessed problem scales for this study are Anxiety, Depression, Sleep Problems, Peer Relations, Anger and General Health. Similar PROMS data are assessed in a comparable aged norm group of 1000 children in The Netherlands, also collected in April 2020. Goal of part 1 is to investigate the differences in mental health between healthy and children with psychiatric problems during the COVID-19 restrictions. In addition, within the psychiatric population, sex, age and regional differences in mental health in this period will be investigated.

For part 2, two additional widely used questionnaires will be administered in the child and adolescent psychiatric group, namely the Brief Problem Monitoring externalizing and internalizing scales, and a questionnaires measuring parental stress (Opvoeding Belasting Questionnaire; OBVL), both completed by parents. Similar parental data have also been collected before and after the COVID-19 restrictions. Goal of part 2 is to obtain insights in the effects of the COVID-19 restrictions on mental health over time in children with psychiatric problems as rated by the parents.  Again, within this group sex, age and regional differences in mental health will be investigated.

By joining forces, the four centers hope to obtain a clear picture of the consequences of restrictions due to the COVID-19 crisis on mental health in this vulnerable group of children and adolescents in the Netherlands.

 For more information, please contact Tinca Polderman

This is an initiative taken by APH researchers as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak. If you have an initiative to be listed as well, please email us.

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