“Pandemic’s Impact on Adolescent Mental Health: A Study”
By NCVC Staff | Published on Oct 11, 2023
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The Challenges Adolescents Face During the COVID-19 Pandemic
In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, understanding the effects on mental health is crucial, especially among adolescents. To shed light on this issue, our team conducted a comprehensive study to examine the impact of the pandemic on the mental well-being of adolescents aged 13 to 19 in Great Britain.
Our Expert Team
At the heart of this study, we collaborated with esteemed partners including Swansea University and the Adolescent Mental Health Data Platform (ADP). Our co-principal investigators, Dr Antonis Kousoulis, the former Director for England and Wales at the Foundation, and Professor Tine Van Bortel from the University of Cambridge and De Montfort University, brought their extensive expertise in the field to guide our research. Additionally, Professor Ann John from Swansea University and the ADP played a crucial role as a co-principal investigator, and Catherine Seymour, our former Head of Research, spearheaded the study on behalf of the Foundation.
To ensure a comprehensive analysis, our project involved five esteemed academic institutions across the UK. These included the University of Cambridge and De Montfort University in England, the University of Strathclyde in Scotland, Swansea University in Wales, and Queen’s University Belfast in Northern Ireland. We also worked closely with Leaders Unlocked, an organization dedicated to empowering young people and underrepresented groups to have a stronger voice in various domains, including education, policing, health, and well-being.
Examining the Surveys
Our project consisted of four surveys conducted at approximately three-month intervals, between the summer of 2020 and the summer of 2021. Conducted online by YouGov, each survey encompassed more than 2000 participants, representing adolescents aged 13 to 19 across Great Britain. While the surveys were not diagnostic, they adopted a public mental health approach, covering a wide range of topics.
These surveys delved into various aspects of adolescents’ experiences during the pandemic, including coping strategies, mental health, well-being, loneliness, and the unique challenges associated with remote learning. By involving peer researchers, individuals of the same age group as the study participants, we gained invaluable insights and perspectives. Moreover, our partnership with Leaders Unlocked ensured that diverse focus groups and task groups contributed to each survey wave, providing qualitative information and personal insights. The inclusion of members between the ages of 14 to 25, representing diverse backgrounds and experiences, enriched the study’s content and made it more accessible to all.
Ensuring Ethical Standards
Ethical approval for this study was obtained from Swansea University Research Ethics Committee, underscoring our commitment to conducting research with the utmost integrity.
To explore the findings and evidence further, visit our pages dedicated to the ‘Coronavirus: Mental Health in the Pandemic study’. There, you’ll find our published briefings, as well as summaries of our key findings.
In conclusion, our study sheds light on the profound impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the mental health of adolescents. By collaborating with leading experts and engaging directly with the youth, we aim to better understand their challenges and pave the way for targeted interventions that prioritize their well-being. Together, we can navigate these uncertain times and build a brighter future for our adolescents.