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Editorial Perspective: COVID-19 related publications on young people’s mental health – What have been the key trends so far and what should come next?

Editorial Perspective: COVID-19 related publications on young people’s mental health – What have been the key trends so far and what should come next?
Editorial Perspective: COVID-19 related publications on young people’s mental health – What have been the key trends so far and what should come next?
In this Editorial Perspective, we take a systematic look at the overall nature of the Covid-19 related research on mental health in children and young people, to gain insight into the major trends in this area of research and inform future lines of investigation, clinical practices, and policies. By means of state-of-the-art scientometric approaches, we identified 3,692 relevant research outputs, mainly clustering around the following themes: (a) mental health consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic in children and young people; (b) impact of the pandemic on pre-existing psychiatric disorders; (c) family outcomes (i.e., family violence and parental mental health); and (d) link between physical and mental conditions. Only 23% of the retrieved publications reported new data, the remaining ones being reviews, editorials, opinion papers, and other nonempirical reports. The majority of the empirical studies used a cross-sectional design. We suggest that future research efforts should prioritise: (a) longitudinal follow-up of existing cohorts; (b) quasi-experimental studies to gain insight into causal mechanisms underlying pandemic-related psychopathology in children and young people; (c) pragmatic randomised controlled trials (RCTs) to test evidence-based intervention strategies; and (d) evidence-based guidelines for clinicians and policymakers.
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Cortese, Samuele
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Sabe, Michel
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Solmi, Marco
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Cortese, Samuele
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Sabe, Michel
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Solmi, Marco
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Cortese, Samuele, Sabe, Michel and Solmi, Marco (2022) Editorial Perspective: COVID-19 related publications on young people’s mental health – What have been the key trends so far and what should come next? Journal of Child Psychology & Psychiatry.

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In this Editorial Perspective, we take a systematic look at the overall nature of the Covid-19 related research on mental health in children and young people, to gain insight into the major trends in this area of research and inform future lines of investigation, clinical practices, and policies. By means of state-of-the-art scientometric approaches, we identified 3,692 relevant research outputs, mainly clustering around the following themes: (a) mental health consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic in children and young people; (b) impact of the pandemic on pre-existing psychiatric disorders; (c) family outcomes (i.e., family violence and parental mental health); and (d) link between physical and mental conditions. Only 23% of the retrieved publications reported new data, the remaining ones being reviews, editorials, opinion papers, and other nonempirical reports. The majority of the empirical studies used a cross-sectional design. We suggest that future research efforts should prioritise: (a) longitudinal follow-up of existing cohorts; (b) quasi-experimental studies to gain insight into causal mechanisms underlying pandemic-related psychopathology in children and young people; (c) pragmatic randomised controlled trials (RCTs) to test evidence-based intervention strategies; and (d) evidence-based guidelines for clinicians and policymakers.

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Accepted/In Press date: 17 March 2022
e-pub ahead of print date: 17 March 2022

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Local EPrints ID: 456604
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/456604
ISSN: 1469-7610
PURE UUID: a193bbad-7ab9-41de-b078-13d893630e8d
ORCID for Samuele Cortese: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0001-5877-8075

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Date deposited: 05 May 2022 16:49
Last modified: 23 Jul 2022 02:10

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Author: Samuele Cortese ORCID iD
Author: Michel Sabe
Author: Marco Solmi

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