Stress, anxiety and depression have increased
According to this study, stress, anxiety and depression have increased among children. They complain more often about headaches, stomach aches, problems falling asleep and are more irritable. More than 70 percent of the children stated that they felt emotionally burdened by the corona-related measures. A further point is also that they eat less and move less. At the same time they spend more time on their mobile phones and in front of the television.
Disputes and conflicts in the family place a heavy burden on children
These figures are more prevalent in families where there is less income available and where people have to live in cramped conditions. "Lack of retreat possibilities and a lack of daily structure lead to quarrels and conflicts within the family, especially in times of crisis. We were therefore able to see clearly that the children felt emotionally burdened above all when their parents are also burdened and feel a lot of stress," says Ulrike Ravens-Sieberer, who headed the study, describing the situation.
The leaders of the study are also surprised by the clear results
"We had expected a deterioration in psychological well-being during the crisis," says Ravens-Sieberer, "but the fact that it was so marked has surprised us too
For the study, 1000 children and adolescents between 7 and 17 years and 1500 adults were interviewed via online questionnaire. The topics covered included mental well-being, quality of life and questions about school, family and friends.
Online advisory services and personal support can help
He said that concrete concepts for helping children and their families are now important, also in view of the danger of a second corona wave in autumn. Online counselling and personal support could help here (Online consulting services). However, Ravens-Sieberer warns against dramatizing the results too much: From other surveys there are certainly findings that the numbers have decreased again with increasing relaxation. Further studies are therefore planned, for example in a European comparison.
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