COVID-19 Unmasked Global Collaboration Protocol: longitudinal cohort study examining mental health of young children and caregivers during the pandemic

De Young, Alexandra and Vasileva, Mira and Boruszak-Kiziukiewicz, Joanna and Secinti, Dilara Demipence and Christie, Hope and Egberts, Marthe R. and Anastassiou-Hadjicharalambous, Xenia and Marsac, Meghan L. and Ruiz, Gemma and Alisic, Eva and Cobham, Vanessa and Donavon, Caroline and Hoehn, Elisabeth and March, Sonja ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-8425-7126 and Middeldorp, Christel and Paterson, Rebecca S. and Andreas, Petropoulos and Lioupi, Chrysanthi and Lioupis, Matteo and Maria-Anna, Philippidou and Messas, Kostas and Syros, Ioannis and Cudo, Andrzej and Gambin, Malgorzata and Grudowska, Alicja and Kmita, Grazyna and Kubicka, Karolina and Lubiewska, Katarzyna and Niedzwiecka, Alicja and Pisula, Ewa and Wozniak-Prus, Malgorzatas and Simo, Sandra and Mooren, Trudy and van Eldik, Willemijn and van Baar, Anneloes and Boelen, Paul and Spuij, Mariken and Albayrak, Zeynep Seda and Goodall, Karen and Davis, Seetha H. and Hildenbrand, Aimee and McGar, Ashley and Miller, Alisa B. and Wamser, Rachel (2021) COVID-19 Unmasked Global Collaboration Protocol: longitudinal cohort study examining mental health of young children and caregivers during the pandemic. European Journal of Psychotraumatology, 12 (1). pp. 1-14. ISSN 2000-8198

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Abstract

Background: Early empirical data shows that school-aged children, adolescents and adults are experiencing elevated levels of anxiety and depression during the COVID-19 pandemic. Currently, there is very little research on mental health outcomes for young children. Objectives: To describe the formation of a global collaboration entitled, ‘COVID-19 Unmasked’. The collaborating researchers aim to (1) describe and compare the COVID-19 related experiences within and across countries; (2) examine mental health outcomes for young children (1 to 5 years) and caregivers over a 12-month period during the COVID-19 pandemic; (3) explore the trajectories/time course of psychological outcomes of the children and parents over this period and (4) identify the risk and protective factors for different mental health trajectories. Data will be combined from all participating countries into one large open access cross-cultural dataset to facilitate further international collaborations and joint publications. Methods: COVID-19 Unmasked is an online prospective longitudinal cohort study. An international steering committee was formed with the aim of starting a global collaboration. Currently, partnerships have been formed with 9 countries (Australia, Cyprus, Greece, the Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Turkey, the UK, and the United States of America). Research partners have started to start data collection with caregivers of young children aged 1–5 years old at baseline, 3-months, 6-months, and 12-months. Caregivers are invited to complete an online survey about COVID-19 related exposure and experiences, child’s wellbeing, their own mental health, and parenting. Data analysis: Primary study outcomes will be child mental health as assessed by scales from the Patient-Reported Outcomes Measurement Information System–Early Childhood (PROMIS-EC) and caregiver mental health as assessed by the Depression Anxiety Stress Scale (DASS-21). The trajectories/time course of mental health difficulties and the impact of risk and protective factors will be analysed using hierarchical linear models, accounting for nested effects (e.g. country) and repeated measures.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Institute for Resilient Regions - Centre for Health Research (1 Apr 2020 -)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Psychology and Counselling (1 Jan 2015 - 31 Dec 2021)
Date Deposited: 02 Mar 2022 04:24
Last Modified: 30 Mar 2022 03:39
Uncontrolled Keywords: adult; covid-19 pandemic; global collaboration; Infant; mental health; parenting; preschool; risk factors; well-being; young child
Fields of Research (2008): 11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111799 Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified
11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111714 Mental Health
Fields of Research (2020): 42 HEALTH SCIENCES > 4202 Epidemiology > 420299 Epidemiology not elsewhere classified
32 BIOMEDICAL AND CLINICAL SCIENCES > 3213 Paediatrics > 321302 Infant and child health
42 HEALTH SCIENCES > 4206 Public health > 420601 Community child health
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): C Society > 92 Health > 9204 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) > 920408 Health Status (e.g. Indicators of Well-Being)
C Society > 92 Health > 9204 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) > 920410 Mental Health
Socio-Economic Objectives (2020): 20 HEALTH > 2004 Public health (excl. specific population health) > 200409 Mental health
20 HEALTH > 2005 Specific population health (excl. Indigenous health) > 200506 Neonatal and child health
20 HEALTH > 2004 Public health (excl. specific population health) > 200406 Health protection and disaster response
Identification Number or DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/20008198.2021.1940760
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/43474

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