UL study shows young people may have fared better than feared during lockdown | #parenting

Young people including those with pre-existing mental health issues and special educational needs may have fared better during the Covid-19 lockdown than was previously thought.

That is according to a University of Limerick study which found there was a reduction in emotional difficulties among some pupils forced to stay at home, suggesting the schools may in fact be a source of anxiety or worry.

The study, entitled Co-Space (Covid-19 Supporting Parents, Adolescents and Children during Epidemics) was led by Dr Jennifer McMahon and linked to a study of the same name at the University of Oxford.

Dr McMahon and researchers at UL tracked children and young people’s mental health during the lockdown from the period April 10th to May 22nd, while strict restrictions were in place.

Over 1,800 parents/carers and 400 adolescents have taken part in the study to date and some of these parents and adolescents were tracked across the month.

The findings indicated that while parents and carers feared for the children, there were no significant levels of distress. In fact “for some young people with pre-existing mental health issues and special educational needs there was a reduction in emotional difficulties”, Dr McMahon said.


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