EmCoVID19-Resilience longitudinal study: Resilience and Mental Health in times of COVID-19

Principal Investigators

  • Natalia Albiac

    SJD Barcelona Children's Hospital
    Center for Child and Adolescent Mental Health in Cornellà, CSMIJ Cornellà.

This Project is part of the macroproject EmCoVID19 - Unitats Clíniques · PIs: Esther Via, Xavier Estrada.  

Our rationale

  • 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.

  • Family factors also play a crucial role in a child and adolescent's psychological adjustment, which is even more important in periods of isolation where family life is intensified and tightened.

  • Resilience 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.

What are our main questions?

  • 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.

  • To explore the learning acquired by these children and adolescents from the COVID-19 experience (i.e., both positive and negative components).

Project design

This project is 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. 

Scientific objectives

The present study aims to analyze the influence that resilience has on the mental health symptoms of the child and adolescent clinical population. More concretely, the participants are patients who attend the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Centers (CSMIJ) of the Sant Joan de Déu (SJD) Barcelona Children's Hospital. 

Group members

  • Anna Butjosa

    SJD Barcelona Children's Hospital
    Center for Child and Adolescent Mental Health in Cornellà, CSMIJ Cornellà.

  • Alazne Aizpitarte

    SJD Barcelona Children's Hospital
    Center for Child and Adolescent Mental Health in Cornellà, CSMIJ Cornellà.