WVU in the News: COVID-19 and the mental well-being of young people

A study of 59,000 Icelandic adolescents, conducted by a team of Icelandic and American behavioral and social scientists, found that COVID-19 has had a detrimental effect on the mental health of adolescents, especially among girls.

Álfgeir L. Kristjánsson, an expert in research and analysis and a lecturer at the School of Public Health at West Virginia University and co-author of the article, says the results show "that there is a strong link between social factors on the one hand and the health and well-being of young people on the other.” The Lancet Psychiatry article clearly demonstrates this connection in outcomes that reach the youth of an entire nation.

Read full story from The Icelandic Centre for Social Research and Analysis.

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