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PERSPECTIVE/VIEWPOINT - SPECIAL POPULATIONS
Year : 2020  |  Volume : 2  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 148-151

Growing up in a Pandemic: Biomedical and Psychosocial Impacts of the COVID-19 Crisis on Children and Families


1 Department of Psychiatry, Institut universitaire en santé mentale de Montréal; Department of Psychiatry and Addictology, Université de Montréal, Montreal, Canada; Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, The George Washington University, Washington, DC, USA; President, Canadian Association of Social Psychiatry; President Elect, World Association for Social Psychiatry
2 Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellow, Boston Children's Hospital; Clinical Fellow in Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, USA

Correspondence Address:
Prof. Vincenzo Di Nicola
Institut universitaire en santé mentale de Montréal, 7401, rue Hochelaga, Montréal, Québec H1N 3M5, Canada

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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/WSP.WSP_52_20

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The COVID-19 pandemic creates a cascade of social and mental health consequences for children, adolescents, and their families. After reviewing the known pediatric and epidemiological data on children, we discuss key features of children's mental health in response to this crisis, their specific needs, and the impacts of social distancing, confinement, and adverse childhood events. While acknowledging potential long-term consequences in this psychosocially vulnerable population, we also caution health and social care workers against pathologizing normal reactions to an abnormal global crisis.


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