Kids, Mental Health and COVID-19 with Tali Raviv, PhD
Caregivers reported that students experienced significantly worse psychological well-being after COVID-19-related school closures as compared to before, according to findings published in JAMA Network Open. Tali Raviv, PhD, associate professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Feinberg, explains the results and offers insight.
"Kids are incredibly resilient. They have the capacity to grow and learn and change and flourish under really challenging conditions, probably better than adults do. I think the key (to supporting children) is making sure that we're taking care of mental health and well-being of the adults that are surrounding them."
- Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences in the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
- Associate Professor in the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences
- Clinical Psychologist at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago
- Associate Director of the Center for Childhood Resilience at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago
In this episode, survey of over 32,000 caregivers of youth in Chicago Public Schools (CPS) aboutPhD, explains the results of a
- Much of Raviv's work focuses on promoting resilience and increasing access to evidence-based mental health programming for children. She says 70 percent of kids who receive mental health services access services at their schools. When remote learning began, her first thought was: "Who is going to notice what's going on with these students?"
- She describes the disruption of remote learning as well as the exposure to additional stressors and traumas faced by many families, such as loss of income, lack of access to healthcare and mental healthcare, and the experience of losing family members or being with family members who were ill.
- To understand caregiver attitudes toward returning to in-person schooling, CPS designed a survey and distributed it to 350,000 families from June 24 to July 15, 2020. On behalf of nearly 50,000 children in pre-kindergarten through 12th grade, 32,217 caregivers completed the survey.
- According to Raviv, while COVID-19 related stressors were experienced by nearly all families in the survey, Black and Latinx participants experienced significantly more of these stressors.
- Around a quarter of children and adolescents were described as stressed, anxious, angry or agitated after pandemic-related school closures and the switch to remote learning. Around a third of youth were described by caregivers as lonely and only one-third were described as having positive social and peer relationships.
- She hopes the survey results are taken seriously by pediatricians, parents, teachers and policymakers. "We have to really think about the impact on the mental health and well-being of a whole generation of youth, we have to look at what kinds of programs we are putting in place," Raviv says. "What kind of funding do we have for schools, for example, to respond to the increased need?"
Additional Reading and Resources:
- Young adults have been hit hardest with depression during the pandemic (The Covid States Project #54: Mental Health in the U.S.)
- From the CDC: Mental health and coping during COVID-19
- "Mental Health During COVID-19: Signs Your Child May Need More Support" by the American Academy of Pediatrics
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Recorded on May 26, 2021.
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Tali Raviv, PhD, has nothing to disclose has nothing to disclose. Course director, Robert Rosa, MD, has nothing to disclose. Planning committee member, Erin Spain, has nothing to disclose. Feinberg School of Medicine's CME Leadership and Staff have nothing to disclose: Clara J. Schroedl, MD, Medical Director of CME, Sheryl Corey, Manager of CME, Allison McCollum, Senior Program Coordinator, Katie Daley, Senior Program Coordinator, and Rhea Alexis Banks, Administrative Assistant 2.