The impact of COVID-19 related lockdown measures on self-reported psychopathology and health-related quality of life in German adolescents

Koenig, Julian; Kohls, Elisabeth; Moessner, Markus; Lustig, Sophia; Bauer, Stephanie; Becker, Katja; Thomasius, Rainer; Eschenbeck, Heike; Diestelkamp, Silke; Gillé, Vera; Hiery, Alisa; Rummel-Kluge, Christine; Kaess, Michael (2021). The impact of COVID-19 related lockdown measures on self-reported psychopathology and health-related quality of life in German adolescents (In Press). European child & adolescent psychiatry Springer 10.1007/s00787-021-01843-1

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The impact of school-closings on adolescents' mental health and well-being in the management of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic is subject to ongoing public debate. Reliable data to inform a balanced discussion are limited. Drawing on a large ongoing multi-site project in Germany, we assessed differences in self-reported psychopathology in a matched convenience-sample of adolescents assessed pre- (November 26, 2018 to March 13, 2020; n = 324) and post the first lockdown (March 18, 2020 to August 29, 2020; n = 324) early 2020 in Germany. We found no evidence for an increase in emotional and behavioral problems, depression, thoughts of suicide or suicide attempts, eating disorder symptoms, or a decrease in general health-related quality of life. Reported suicide plans significantly decreased from 6.14 to 2.16%. Similarly, conduct problems decreased in the post-lockdown period. Family risk-factors did not moderate these findings. The influence of socioeconomic status on emotional and behavioral problems as well as depression decreased during the lockdown. Based on the present findings, the first school-closing in Germany had no immediate and severe impact on adolescents' well-being. However, caution is warranted as our data covers a fairly small, affluent sample over a limited time-span and long-term consequences cannot be ruled out.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

04 Faculty of Medicine > University Psychiatric Services > University Hospital of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Psychotherapy
04 Faculty of Medicine > University Psychiatric Services > University Hospital of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Psychotherapy > Research Division

UniBE Contributor:

Koenig, Julian and Kaess, Michael

Subjects:

600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health

ISSN:

1018-8827

Publisher:

Springer

Language:

English

Submitter:

Chantal Michel

Date Deposited:

12 Jan 2022 16:16

Last Modified:

13 Jan 2022 00:13

Publisher DOI:

10.1007/s00787-021-01843-1

PubMed ID:

34247297

BORIS DOI:

10.48350/162308

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/162308

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