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Reported Changes in Adolescent Psychosocial Functioning during the COVID-19 Outbreak

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Department of Social and Behavioral Studies, University West, 46132 Trollhättan, Sweden
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School of Health and Welfare, Jönköping University, 55318 Jönköping, Sweden
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Received: 14 December 2020 / Revised: 2 January 2021 / Accepted: 4 January 2021 / Published: 15 January 2021
What effect the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic has had on adolescents’ psychosocial functioning is currently unknown. Using the data of 1767 (50.2% female and 49.8 male) adolescents in Sweden, we discuss adolescents’ thoughts and behaviors around the COVID-19 outbreak, as well as reported changes in substance use, everyday life, relations, victimization, and mental health during the outbreak. Results showed that (a) the majority of adolescents have been complying with regulations from the government; (b) although most adolescents did not report changes in their psychosocial functioning, a critical number reported more substance use, conflict with parents, less time spent with peers, and poorer control over their everyday life; and (c) the majority of adolescents have experienced less victimization, yet poorer mental health, during the COVID-19 outbreak. Adolescent girls and adolescents in distance schooling were likely to report negative changes in their psychosocial functioning during the COVID-19 outbreak. Based on these findings, we suggest that society should pay close attention to changes in adolescents’ psychosocial functioning during times of crisis. View Full-Text
Keywords: crisis; adolescents; psychosocial functioning; mental health; distance education crisis; adolescents; psychosocial functioning; mental health; distance education
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Kapetanovic, S.; Gurdal, S.; Ander, B.; Sorbring, E. Reported Changes in Adolescent Psychosocial Functioning during the COVID-19 Outbreak. Adolescents 2021, 1, 10-20. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/adolescents1010002

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Kapetanovic S, Gurdal S, Ander B, Sorbring E. Reported Changes in Adolescent Psychosocial Functioning during the COVID-19 Outbreak. Adolescents. 2021; 1(1):10-20. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/adolescents1010002

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Kapetanovic, Sabina, Sevtap Gurdal, Birgitta Ander, and Emma Sorbring. 2021. "Reported Changes in Adolescent Psychosocial Functioning during the COVID-19 Outbreak" Adolescents 1, no. 1: 10-20. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/adolescents1010002

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