Young People’s Mental Health Deteriorated at Greater Rate During the Pandemic

Major new study shows young people’s mental health deteriorated during COVID-19, with higher levels of depression and social, emotional and behavioural difficulties than before the pandemic hit.

A young person looks out of the window.

Researchers led by Professor Willem Kuyken at Oxford University compared the mental health difficulties and well-being of thousands of UK secondary school pupils who experienced three lockdowns, with a group of students who participated in the same study before the coronavirus pandemic emerged in 2020.

The findings, part of the MYRIAD (My Resilience in Adolescence) study and published in the journal JAMA Network Open, show:

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