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Resilience and Mental Health in times of COVID-19

A longitudinal study to analyze the association between resilience and psychopathology in the clinical population of children and adolescents in the period of lockdown and at 3 and 6 months of follow-up


Description of the Study:

  • Title: EmCoVID19-Resilience longitudinal study: Resilience and Mental Health in times of COVID-19.
  • Principal investigator: Natalia Albiac.
  • Co-investigators: Anna Butjosa and Alazne Aizpitarte.
  • Center of Implementation: The Child and Adolescent Mental Health Centers (CSMIJ) of the Sant Joan de Déu (SJD) Barcelona Children’s Hospital.
  • Study Population: Participants are patients who attend the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Centers (CSMIJ) of the Sant Joan de Déu (SJD) Barcelona Children’s Hospital.
  • Study Type: Prospective longitudinal study
  • Design: A prospective longitudinal study where the data are collected at three time-points just after the lockdown. There are two informants, the child/adolescent, and the parent. This will provide us with relevant clinical evidence-based results for working with patients and their families, allowing professionals to conduct preventive interventions based on the resilience-based approach.

Objectives of the Study:

Principal Objective: To analyze the influence that resilience has on the mental health symptoms of the child and adolescent clinical population.

More about this Study:

Scientific Context: Resilience is defined as a person’s ability to recover from a traumatic or stressful event or events and is a determining factor of present and future psychopathology. It is is a key concept in preventive psychiatry and mental health promotion. Thus, the resilience-based approach should be considered vital for psychopathology prevention in the period of COVID-19.

This Project is part of the macroproject EmCoVID19 – Unitats Clíniques. Its principal investigators are: Esther Via and Xavier Estrada.

Sant Joan de Déu: It is a university hospital specializing in the fields of pediatrics, gynecology, and obstetrics, which has a long history of more than 150 years, during which it has undergone many transformations and changes due to the need to adapt both to the social and health conditions of the time and to technological advances and the evolution of health care.

Kids Corona: The Kids Corona platform, which the San Joan de Déu Hospital launched last April continues to offer answers to better understand the incidence, impact, and transmission capacity of COVID-19 in children and pregnant women. In other words, the platform gathers different Pediatrics studies related to COVID-19 to improve the treatment, outcome, and transmission, for instance at school such as in this study, of the pediatric population.

Other Kids Corona Projects:SARS-CoV-2 seroconversion during the postoperative period in pediatric patients“, “Identifying SARS-CoV-2 in breast milk as a potential means of vertical transmission“, “Susceptibility to COVID-19 in pediatric age: Study of cases in school-like environments” and “Characterization of COVID-19 in the Pediatric Population: Study of Sero-surveillance and of Immunological and Biochemical Biomarkers of Disease Severity”.

Sant joan de Déu leads this COVID-19 study to pediatric population exposed to SARS-CoV-2 and their household contacts.


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