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Try out PMC Labs and tell us what you think. Learn More. We aimed to establish what is known about how loneliness and disease containment measures impact on the mental health in children and adolescents. A total of 83 articles 80 studies met inclusion criteria. In all, 61 studies were observational, 18 were longitudinal, and 43 were cross-sectional studies assessing self-reported loneliness in healthy children and adolescents. One of these studies was a retrospective investigation after a pandemic. Two studies evaluated interventions. Studies had a high risk of bias, although longitudinal studies were of better methodological quality.

Social isolation and loneliness increased the risk of depression, and possibly anxiety at the time at which loneliness was measured and between 0. Duration of loneliness was more strongly correlated with mental health symptoms than intensity of loneliness. Children and adolescents are probably more likely to experience high rates of depression and most likely anxiety during and after enforced isolation ends. This may increase as enforced isolation continues. Clinical services should offer preventive support and early intervention where possible and be prepared for an increase in mental health problems.

The COVID pandemic has resulted in governments implementing disease containment measures such as school closures, social distancing, and home quarantine. Children and adolescents are experiencing a prolonged state of physical isolation from their peers, teachers, extended families, and community networks. Quarantine in adults generally has negative psychological effects including confusion, anger, and posttraumatic distress.

Social distancing and school closures are likely to result in increased loneliness in children and adolescents whose usual social contacts are curtailed by the disease containment measures. Loneliness is the painful emotional experience of a discrepancy between actual and desired social contact. We included cross-sectional, observational, retrospective, and case control studies if studies included mainly children and adolescents who had experienced loneliness or had used validated measures of social isolation and mental health problems.

To capture the possible effects of social isolation and the expected mediator ie, loneliness on mental health problems, we included search terms to capture these two areas. We conducted a rapid review to provide a timely evidence synthesis to inform urgent healthcare policy decision making. Our search terms were informed by recent rapid reviews in the COVID context 1 and included definitions of loneliness and social isolation to capture the impact of social distancing and school closures.

Data were extracted into a purpose-deed Lonely Experiment daughter. Note: Exposure measures indicate independent variables. We conducted a narrative synthesis within the following : 1 the impact of loneliness on mental health in healthy populations further divided into cross-sectional and longitudinal evidence ; 2 pandemic-specific findings; and 3 intervention studies.

We located 4, articles Figure 1of which 83 articles 80 studies met the inclusion criteria. Of these, 18 articles 17 studies reported on the impact of loneliness in individuals with a variety of health conditions, including mental health problems 12 studiesphysical health problems Lonely Experiment daughter study and neurodevelopmental conditions 4 studies.

The remaining 65 articles reported on 63 studies that examined the impact of loneliness or disease containment measures on healthy children and adolescents. For the purposes of this rapid review, we will focus our analyses on these 63 studies. A total of 61 studies were observational, and 2 studies reported on interventions. Of the 61 observational studies, 43 studies were cross-sectional only, 6 were longitudinal only, and 12 reported both cross-sectional and longitudinal findings. One study was a retrospective study after a pandemic. In cross-sectional studies, likely confounders eg, adversity, socioeconomic status [SES] were rarely controlled for, meaning that Lonely Experiment daughter association between loneliness and mental health outcomes in these studies is very likely to be inflated.

A total of 53 studies stated that they measured the impact of loneliness on mental health. Seven studies stated that they measured the impact of social isolation 39455059697072 on mental health, but the social isolation measures used were either subscales or questions from loneliness scales, or strongly overlapped with the construct of loneliness. Therefore, we have considered them together with studies that measured loneliness.

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Participants were mainly school or university students or taking part in longitudinal cohort studies. Most reported moderate to large correlations 0. Two studies reported odds ratios, with those who were lonely 5. The associations were stronger in older participants 35 and in female participants. The duration of loneliness was more strongly associated with anxiety than intensity of loneliness.

Eighteen studies followed participants over time Table 3. In all, 12 of the 15 studies found that loneliness is associated with depression and explained a ificant amount of the variance in severity of depression symptoms several months to several years later.

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A study of university students found evidence of a sex difference, with loneliness being associated with later depression in female participants but not in male participants. Three of the four studies that examined the longitudinal effect of loneliness on anxiety found that loneliness was associated with later anxiety. Other mental health outcomes reported over time included internalizing symptoms which were associated with prior loneliness in primary school age children, 64 and suicidal ideation during adolescence, which was not associated with prior loneliness during childhood.

One study 60 reported on mental health and social isolation in the context of different infections, including H1N1, severe acute respiratory syndrome, and avian flu Table 2. This retrospective study included parents of exposed children from the United States, Canada, and Mexico, of whom One-third of parents whose children had been subjected to disease containment measures said that their child had needed mental health service input because of their pandemic-related experiences.

The most frequently reported diagnoses were acute stress disorder Two different parent-reported measures of PTSD symptoms found that those children exposed to disease containment measures scored ificantly higher for PTSD symptoms postpandemic.

Two randomized controlled trials measured loneliness and mental health outcomes following an intervention aimed at the general population peer mentoring 81 and classroom based 82 Table 4. A relatively intensive peer mentor program, with an adult mentor, 4 to 6 hours per month for 4 months on average, reduced loneliness and mental health problems small to medium effects for victims of bullying and victimization. However, a brief two-session universal classroom-based program delivered in schools including psychosocial support through peer mentors and a staff mental health support team did not reduce loneliness.

Neither intervention specifically addressed mental health problems that had developed in the context of loneliness; therefore, we are unable to answer our second review question, which was what interventions are effective for individuals who have developed mental health Lonely Experiment daughter as a result of social isolation or loneliness.

This rapid systematic review of 63 studies of 51, participants found a clear association between loneliness and mental health problems in children and adolescents. Loneliness was associated with future mental health problems up to 9 years later. The strongest association was with depression. These findings were consistent across studies of children, adolescents, and young adults. There may also be sex Lonely Experiment daughter, with some research indicating that loneliness was more strongly associated with elevated depression symptoms in girls and with elevated social anxiety in boys.

Furthermore, in the one study that examined mental health problems after enforced isolation and quarantine in pandemics, children who had experienced enforced isolation or quarantine were five times more likely to require mental health service input and experienced higher levels of posttraumatic stress. This suggests that the current social distancing measures enforced on children because of COVID could lead to an increase Lonely Experiment daughter mental health problems, as well as possible posttraumatic stress.

These are consistent with preliminary unpublished data emerging from China during the COVID pandemic, where children and adolescents aged 3 to 18 years are commonly displaying behavioral manifestations of anxiety, including clinginess, distraction, fear of asking questions about the pandemic, and irritability. In addition to the more direct effects of enforced isolation and quarantine, loneliness as an unintended consequence of disease containment measures seems to be particularly problematic for young people. More studies have examined the relationship between loneliness and depression than between loneliness and anxiety.

Losing links to other people and feeling excluded can result in an affective response of depression. This may be because social anxiety is triggered by a perceived threat to social relationships or status. It is difficult to predict the effect that COVID will have on the mental health of children and young people. The subjective social isolation experienced by study participants did not mirror the current features of social isolation experienced by many children and adolescents worldwide.

Social isolation was not enforced upon the participants, nor was social isolation almost ubiquitous across their peer groups and across the communities in which they lived. As loneliness involves social comparison, 91 it is possible that the shared experience of social isolation imposed by disease containment measures may mitigate the negative effects. The studies were also not in the context of an uncertain but dangerous threat to health. These features limit the extent to which we can extrapolate from existing evidence to the current context.

To make evidence-based decisions on how to mitigate the impact of a second wave, we need further research on the mental health impacts of social isolation in the disease containment context of a global pandemic.

In this context, to more specifically understand the impacts of loneliness, measures such as the Loneliness and Aloneness Scale for Children and Adolescents LACA that assess the duration and the intensity of loneliness, and that separate peer-related loneliness from parent-related loneliness could be elucidating. In line with Cochrane rapid review guidance, 10 gray literature, and trial registry databases were not searched, hand-search strategies were not used, and only English-language publications were included, meaning that some relevant studies may have been missed.

During the rapid data extraction phase, Lonely Experiment daughter was no scope to contact authors to request any missing information. The main limitation of this review is the lack of high-quality studies investigating mental health problems after enforced isolation. All but one study investigated social isolation that was not enforced on young people and was not common across a peer group. The effect of widespread social distancing could mitigate against the social isolation described with increased use of Internet-mediated relationships, which can be beneficial to adolescents.

Furthermore, the studies were mainly observational and did not consistently control for potential confounders. The majority of studies focused on depression and anxiety, and other mental health problems are important to measure in future research. However, we used all available evidence on social isolation and loneliness to inform the likely outcome for healthy children and adolescents subjected to social isolation.

The were consistent across all study methodology for depression but less so for anxietysuggesting that these are reliable. The are also consistent with one study investigating mental health problems in children 60 after pandemics, improving our confidence in the. However, the postpandemic study has several limitations in that the sample was self-selecting, and the demographics of the children and the time elapsed since the experience were not reported.

There is little evidence pertaining to interventions. We have focused on healthy populations in this review and will report on those with pre-existing conditions Lonely Experiment daughter mental health problems elsewhere. The review indicates that loneliness is associated with adverse mental health in children and adolescents. There is limited evidence that indicates specific interventions to prevent loneliness or to reduce its effects on mental health and well-being.

However, there are well-established practical and psychological strategies that may help to promote child and adolescent mental health in the context of involuntary social isolation, for example, during the COVID pandemic. Reducing the impact of enforced physical distancing by maintaining the structure, quality, and quantity of social networks, and helping children and adolescents to experience social rewards, to feel part of a group, and to know that there are others to whom they can look for support is likely to be important.

Therefore, providing accurate information about the relative risks and benefits of social media and networking to parents who overestimate the dangers of allowing their children too much screen time may help young people to access the benefits of virtual social contact.

Although this review did not provide evidence on interventions to improve social isolation or loneliness in healthy children and adolescents, given social distancing, digital interventions may be appropriate.

The rapid review suggests that loneliness that may result from disease containment measures in the COVID context could be associated with subsequent mental health problems in young people. Strategies to prevent the development of such problems should be an international priority. The authors have reported no funding for this work. This report is independent research. Formal analysis: Loades, Chatburn, Reynolds. Methodology: Loades, Chatburn, Reynolds. Supervision: Reynolds, Shafran, Crawley.

Writing — original draft: Loades. Disclosure: Dr. Reynolds, Shafran, Crawley and Mss. Chatburn, Higson-Sweeney, Linney, McManus, and Borwick have reported no biomedical financial interests or potential conflicts of interest.

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Note: Search conducted March 29, Full references saved as Medline v1. National Center for Biotechnology InformationU. Published online Jun 3. Author information Article notes Copyright and information Disclaimer. Accepted May Elsevier hereby grants permission to make all its COVIDrelated research that is available on the COVID resource centre - including this research content - immediately available in PubMed Central and other publicly funded repositories, such as the WHO COVID database with rights for unrestricted research re-use and analyses in any form or by any means with acknowledgement of the original source.

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