Anxiety of the pediatric population in the face of COVID-19

Principal Investigators

  • Laura Lahuerta

    SJD Barcelona Children's Hospital

Objectives

The main objective of this project is to describe the level of anxiety of children with COVID-19, children living with relatives affected by COVID-19, and children who are neither affected by COVID-19 themselves, nor do they have an affected relative, but are living through the pandemic. The project has two specific objectives:

  1. Determine the influence of sociodemographic variables on child anxiety levels in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.
  2. Determine the influence of the information received about COVID-19 on child anxiety levels.

Project design

Cross-sectional descriptive quantitative study of children confined to their homes during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Cohorts

  • Children (between 8 and 15 years old) affected by COVID-19.
  • Children (between 8 and 15 years old) not affected by COVID-19 but who live with a family member affected by the disease.
  • Children (between 8 and 15 years old) who are neither affected by COVID-19 themselves, nor do they have a family member affected, but are living through the pandemic.

Exclusion criteria: Not willing to participate in the study, diagnosis of an anxiety disorder, treatment with an anxiolytic or antidepressant during the last three months, and mental or neurological disorders that do not allow the level of anxiety to be measured.

Data collection methods

  • State-Trait Anxiety Inventory for Children (STAIC): Evaluation of individual anxiety levels.
  • Ad hoc questionnaires: Assessment of the individual information received about the COVID-19 pandemic and sociodemographic data.