Psychological Distress High Among Students During COVID-19

*The following is excerpted from an online article posted on HealthDay.

The prevalence of self-reported psychological distress among students has been relatively high during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a study published online in JAMA Network Open.

The researchers found that 10.5 percent of the students self-reported psychological distress. High school students had an increased risk for psychological distress compared with students in primary school (odds ratio, 1.19). Students who never wore a face mask had an increased risk for psychological distress compared with those who wore a face mask frequently (odds ratio, 2.59). Compared with students who spent more than one-hour exercising, those who spent less than 0.5 hours exercising had increased odds of self-reported psychological distress (odds ratio, 1.64).

“Based on these findings, it is necessary for governments, schools, and families to pay attention to the mental health of school-aged children and adolescents during the COVID-19 pandemic and take appropriate countermeasures to reduce the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on mental health for children and adolescents,” the authors write.

Source: HealthDay
https://consumer.healthday.com/psychological-distress-high-among-students-during-covid-19-2650125739.html

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[reposted by] Jim Liebelt

[reposted by] Jim Liebelt

Jim is Senior Writer, Editor and Researcher for HomeWord. Jim has over 35 years of experience as a youth and family ministry specialist, having served over the years as a pastor, author, consultant, mentor, trainer, college instructor, and speaker. Jim’s HomeWord culture blog also appears on Crosswalk.com and Religiontoday.com. Jim and his wife Jenny live in Quincy, MA.

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