School Closure: Improved Overall Wellbeing Of Adolescents

Nikki Attkisson | Last Updated : January 7, 2022

Anxiety and worry have spread over the world due to the COVID-19 outbreak and lockdown. Children and teens have experienced both short and long social and psychological health consequences as a result of this phenomenon. 

School Closure: Improved Overall Wellbeing Of Adolescents

Several vulnerability factors, such as developmental age, academic position, pre-existing psychological health conditions, being economically disadvantaged, or being isolated due to an infection or dread of infection, assess the quality and severity of the effect on children.

School Closure: Improved Overall Wellbeing Of Adolescents

This work aims to provide a review of several papers linked to the psychological health of kids affected by the COVID-19 epidemic, as well as the implementation of statewide or local shutdowns to limit infection spread.

During the COVID-19 epidemic, we reviewed and gathered papers and warnings on mental health issues affecting children and teenagers. We chose stories and categorized them topically. We organized their primary findings into the topical categories of influence on young kids, school and college students, kids and teenagers with mental health difficulties, financially disadvantaged children, isolation and loss of a parent, and international body recommendations. We’ve also made suggestions in response to the above.

Here is an urgent need to design long-term and development research, as well as to execute an evidence-based detailed course of action, to address the symptoms of behavioral healthcare needs of the most susceptible kids and teenagers during and after the epidemic. 

Accessibility to mental healthcare services for children and adolescents must be improved to provide strategies for developing good coping mechanisms throughout the current crisis. A policy with an immediate and digital collaboration network of psychiatrists, psychologists, pediatricians, or community volunteers is vital for this novel inpatient and outpatient policy.

It’s been suggested that, compared with adults, kids and adolescents may experience more long-term negative impacts due to this epidemic. Numerous security vulnerabilities factors, including such developmental level, modern education status that had unique requirements, pre-existing mental health issues, being financially challenged, and child/parent of being focused due to infectious disease or fear of infection, influence the nature and extent of the impact on this age group. 

The review describes the results of studies on the psychological component of children affected by the COVID-19 epidemic and shutdowns that have been enforced at the regional or national level to avoid future illness transmission.

The research is classed into eight areas and separated into numerous subject divisions, with the study and reports identified being reviewed.

Some universities have given online classes to pupils to compensate for the loss of instruction for their courses during the lockdown. However, disadvantaged children do not have access to this chance, resulting in a loss of excitement and no accessibility to internet educational resources to study. 

According to a study, females in low-income homes have less access to devices than boys, which may limit their participation in online platforms of education. As a result of this gender disparity, a rising number of females are at risk of dropping out of school after the lockdown is lifted.

Even though the incidence of COVID-19 infections amongst youths is small, the strain they face makes their state extremely sensitive. Several cross-sectional research has been carried out to investigate the effect of COVID-19 and isolation on children and young people. 

The findings of this research show that the type and degree of this impact are influenced by some risk factors, including developmental level, education level, pre-existing mental health conditions, being economically disadvantaged, or even being sequestered due to infection or fear of infectious disease. Clinginess, disrupted sleep, nightmares, poor eating, carelessness, and major breakup problems have been linked to young children during research.

Nikki Attkisson

With over 15 years as a practicing journalist, Nikki Attkisson found herself at Powdersville Post now after working at several other publications. She is an award-winning journalist with an entrepreneurial spirit and worked as a journalist covering technology, innovation, environmental issues, politics, health etc. Nikki Attkisson has also worked on product development, content strategy, and editorial management for numerous media companies. She began her career at local news stations and worked as a reporter in national newspapers.

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