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Pandemins påverkan på ungas psykiska mående: Hur barn har hanterat Covid-19
Malmö University, Faculty of Health and Society (HS), Department of Social Work (SA).
2024 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
The pandemics effect on youths mental health : How children coped with Covid-19 (English)
Abstract [en]

Introduction: Mental illness amongst children and youth is a growing societal problem. Adolescence marks a delicate time period in a child's development, making them sensitive to risk factors that can lead up to a decrease in their mental wellbeing. The implications of restriction to counteract the spread of infection during the Covid-19 pandemic left peoples lifestyles changed. Children's mental health has shown a decrease. The long term consequences of the pandemic is yet to be researched. Aim: The aim of the study is to investigate whether children’s mental health has been affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. It also aims to highlight factors causing the deterioration. Method: The method used is a literature study, including scientific articles from following databases: PubMed, PsycInfo and Google Scholar. Results: Youth have been affected in different ways by the restrictions brought on by the pandemic. Mental health symptoms have worsened due to isolation from society and friends, struggles with remote schooling, family dynamics and lack of overall social support. Decreased physical activity and increased screen time was also found to be a key factor in predicting children's mental health outcomes during the pandemic. Implications: In relation to the already increasing mental illness amongst young children, there is further need to research the short- and long-term consequences Covid-19 has has on youths' wellbeing. 

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2024. , p. 38
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Covid-19, effect, mental health, pandemic, youth
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Social Psychology Social Work
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URN: urn:nbn:se:mau:diva-68146OAI: oai:DiVA.org:mau-68146DiVA, id: diva2:1864983
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