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Pediatric research: COVID-19 will lead to more childhood trauma. Health care must take it into account. [dispatch.com]

 

By Abbie Roth, The Columbus Dispatch, May 3, 2020

You might have seen the headlines warning that, as the COVID-19 pandemic continues, the current mental health crisis facing youth in the United States will only worsen.

Like adults, children are experiencing new or intensified stressors as a result of the pandemic, including loss of routine, separation from friends and extended family, and increased anxiety and frustration.

Some more extreme stressors — food insecurity, loss of a parent or extreme illness in the household, exposure to abuse — are classified as adverse childhood experiences, or ACEs. In 2016, the National Survey of Children’s Health showed that 46% of all children experience at least one ACE. Nearly 22% experienced two or more ACEs. It is suspected that the COVID-19 pandemic will only increase those rates.

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