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Potential Effects of “Social” Distancing Measures and School Lockdown on Child and Adolescent Mental Health

Year: 2020

The authors of this editorial come from Europe; the contents should be interpreted accordingly. Authors include representatives/board members from the Union of European Medical Specialists, section of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (UEMS-CAP) and the European Society of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (ESCAP).

Turning to the role of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (CAP) in research, it is not an empty plea that more research is urgently needed on both the short term and the long-term effects on child mental health to better inform policy makers. Even though numerous reviews on mental health effects of COVID-19 are being published, they are based on the existing literature that only partly mirrors the current situation. Prospective assessment of the effect of COVID 19-related mental health effects in children and adolescents is needed.