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PHO Rounds: Mostly Worse, Occasionally Better: The First Wave of the COVID-19 Pandemic and the Mental Health of Children and Adolescents in Ontario

Public health (or emergency) measures implemented to mitigate COVID-19 may have unintended consequences on the mental health of children and youth. This large cross-sectional cohort study examined the impact of COVID-19 emergency measures on child/adolescent mental health for children/adolescents with and without pre-existing psychiatric diagnoses. Parents of children ages 2-18 and self-reporting children/adolescents ages 10-18 indicated changes in mental health across six domains: depression, anxiety, irritability, attention, hyperactivity, and obsessions/compulsions. 67-70% of children/adolescents experienced deterioration in at least one mental health domain. 19-31% of children/adolescents experienced improvement in at least one domain. Children/adolescents with and without psychiatric diagnoses experienced deterioration, with increased rates in those with a pre-existing diagnosis. Greater stress from social isolation was associated with deterioration in all mental health domains. Enhancing social interactions for children/adolescents will be an important mitigation strategy for current and future COVID-19 waves.

By the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  1. Identify the impacts of public health measures on child and youth mental health in a global context
  2. Compare the rates of deterioration and improvement in child and youth mental health in Ontario during the first wave of the pandemic and before the pandemic 
  3. Identify the variables associated with deterioration and improvement in child and youth mental health in Ontario during the first wave of the pandemic
  4. Discuss ideas for improving child and youth mental health during subsequent waves of the pandemic
 

 

Présentateur(s): Katherine Tombeau Cost

Katherine Tombeau Cost, Ph.D. is a research assoiciate in the Department of Neurosciences and Mental Health in the Research Insititue at the Hospital for Sick Children. During her PhD in New Orleans, she worked with rats, studying cognition in pregnancy and motherhood. Accepting a postdoc position in Toronto, she worked on the Maternal Adversity and Neurodevelopment (MAVAN) project, studying maternal cognition and maternal behaviour in humans. Katherine applies innovative statistical methods to understand the differential contributions of biological, psychological, and sociological variables to parent and child mental health.

Avis de non-responsabilité

The opinions expressed by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies or views of Public Health Ontario, nor does the mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by Public Health Ontario.

Accréditation

Public Health Ontario Rounds are a self-approved group learning activity (Section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification Program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC). In order to receive written documentation for Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits, please check “Yes” beside the question “Do you require CME credits?” on the registration form.

College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) Affiliate Members may count RCPSC credits toward their Mainpro+ credit requirements. All other CFPC members may claim up to 50 Certified credits per cycle for participation in RCPSC MOC Section 1 accredited activities.

PHO Rounds are also approved by the Council of Professional Experience for professional development hours (PDHs) for members of the Canadian Institute of Public Health Inspectors (CIPHI).

For more information or for a record of registration for other Continuing Education purposes, please contact events@oahpp.ca

Accessibilité

Public Health Ontario is committed to complying with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). If you require accommodations to participate in this event, please contact 647-260-7100 or events@oahpp.ca.

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Mis à jour le 4 janv. 2021