Youth might have higher psychological well being with social connectedness, sleep, and bodily exercise throughout the COVID-19 pandemic as per a longitudinal survey knowledge revealed within the Journal of Adolescent Health, supported by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA).
The research analyzed greater than 3,000 adolescents among the many age group 11 to 14 years, recorded earlier than and throughout the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020.
‘Social connectedness, sleep, and bodily exercise might promote higher psychological well being among the many youths throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.’
It was discovered that Supportive relationships with household and associates and wholesome behaviors, like partaking in bodily exercise and higher sleep appeared to defend towards the dangerous results of the pandemic on adolescents’ psychological well being.
“Early adolescence is a time when youth are already experiencing rapid change physically, emotionally, and socially, and the COVID-19 pandemic has caused immense disruption to this sensitive stage in life. This study helps us understand how modifiable lifestyle factors affect the mental health and well-being of adolescents, and it can inform the development of interventions to protect youth during a major life stress. This is important now, as we continue to grapple with the pandemic, and also in future crisis response at the local or national level ” says Nora D. Volkow, MD, director of NIDA.