Master of Public Health
Health Services Research & Administration
First Committee Member
Dr. Jungyoon Kim
Second Committee Member
Dr. Michelle Strong
Third Committee Member
Dr. Peter Szto
Mental health is vital to the well-being of all individuals, especially children. COVID-19 unveiled a significant public health issue with poor mental health during the pandemic. There is limited literature about the mental health implications of COVID-19 policies for children and adolescents and preventive strategies for future pandemics. This comprehensive literature review seeks to further investigate the mental health impacts of school shutdowns and social distancing, which were nonpharmaceutical strategies, on school-aged children, 5-18 years old, and propose recommendations for public health officials to mitigate the mental health impacts for future pandemics. Additionally, the review aims to highlight the potential relationship between lower socio-economic status and mental health in children. The review used peer-reviewed and gray literature. The research was conducted utilizing databases: PubMed, Google Scholar, and PsychNet. Key terms for the search criteria included “mental health” and “children”, “COVID-19”, “adolescents”, and “United States”. Key findings from the literature review highlight increased rates of depression, anxiety, and suicide ideation. Additionally, a link between socioeconomic status and mental health issues was discussed. The review concludes with public health recommendations for future pandemics for this population.
Hassan, Fatuma A., "Comprehensive Literature Review: Assessing the Impact of COVID-19 Policies, School Closures and Social Distancing, on the Mental Health of School Age Children" (2023). Capstone Experience. 241.
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