A new study has found that the lockdowns are seriously hurting our children, but the media is ignoring the work.
The study, recently published in Archives of Disease in Childhood, looked over the results of the strict lockdowns in the UK and found serious problems for children, especially concerning the consequences of school closures.
The study found that children in the UK are suffering higher instances of depression.
According to Senior author, Dr Duncan Astle, MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit:
To give an indication of how large this effect is, imagine ranking the children into 100 ‘centiles’ depending on their scores. A child in the 50th centile would be exactly at the middle of the distribution. But a child at this position before the pandemic, could expect to be at the equivalent of the 77th centile during the lockdown. Put differently, if you randomly selected a child from the sample there is a 70% chance that their depression symptoms were worse during lockdown than before the pandemic.”
Giacomo Bignardi, a PhD student at the MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit, added:
“Our study is one of the first to follow the same children over time during lockdown and suggests that symptoms of depression among children got much worse during this period. This effect was independent of children’s age, gender and family socio-economic status.”
“Childhood is a period where mental health may be particularly vulnerable to reduced peer interaction and loneliness. Now that children have returned to school, their wellbeing, socialization and enjoyment are crucial. Teachers may need additional resources and training to help them support children with low mood,” Dr Astle said.
“Even before lockdown resources for Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services were stretched thin – and that was against a backdrop of worsening mental health among children. Our findings suggest that lockdown measures will likely exacerbate this. The education sector will bear the initial brunt of this.”
Medical Life Sciences News concluded:
The researchers say that how the lockdown measures impact children’s mental health may depend on a variety of factors. A recent study found that loneliness in children was associated with subsequent mental health problems, particularly depression. Also, during lockdown children had fewer opportunities to engage in play and other fun activities that help improve mood.
So, where is the media on this?
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