Adolescent Girls Were Severely Affected By Pandemic Stress, Find Researchers

The following is excerpted from an online article posted by MedicalXpress.

A new study led by researchers at Western and Lawson Health Research Institute has found that adolescent emergency department (ED) visits and hospitalizations for suicidal thoughts, self-harm, and self-poisoning increased across Canada during the COVID-19 pandemic, especially among adolescent girls.

Researchers from Pediatric Emergency Research Canada (PERC), a network of 15 pediatric hospitals across Canada, looked at national data from the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) on ED visits and hospitalizations among adolescents between the ages of 10 and 18 from April 2015 to March 2022.

“Hospital admissions for suicidal ideation, self-poisoning, and self-harm increased significantly in the first two years of the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Dr. Naveen Poonai, professor at Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry and scientist at Lawson Health Research Institute. “What came as a surprise to us is that the greatest increase was among adolescent females, a demographic that is often overlooked.”

The study, published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal found that emergency department visits for suicidal ideation, self-poisoning, and self-harm rose during the pandemic (April 1, 2020, to March 31, 2022) compared to the average from the previous five years, while hospital admissions for these conditions increased significantly, rising 11%, particularly among females, with the largest increase seen among 10–14-year-olds.

Source: MedicalXpress

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