Social connectedness, sleep, and physical activity associated with better mental health among youth during the COVID-19 pandemic

Social connectedness, sleep, and physical activity associated with better mental health among youth during the COVID-19 pandemic

Publication Date: Feb 23, 2022

Social connectedness, sleep, and physical activity associated with better mental health among youth during the COVID-19 pandemic

NIH-support study also found girls were at higher risk for stress, anxiety, and depression than boys

 

“Longitudinal survey data of more than 3,000 adolescents ages 11-14 recorded before and during the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 found that supportive relationships with family and friends and healthy behaviors, like engaging in physical activity and better sleep, appeared to shield against the harmful effects of the pandemic on adolescents’ mental health.

 

The research, published in the Journal of Adolescent Health, was supported by the National Institute on Dug Abuse (NIDA) and other entitites at the National Institutes of Health. The research is based on data from the Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development (ABCD) Study, the largest long-term study of brain development and child health ever conducted in the United States.”

 

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Read the research article, The Pandemic’s Toll on Young Adolescents: Prevention and Intervention Targets to Preserve Their Mental Health, here.

 

 

Reference: O Kiss, et al. The pandemic's toll on young adolescents: Prevention and intervention targets to preserve their mental healthJournal of Adolescent Health. DOI: 10.1016/j.jadohealth.2021.11.023 (2021).