Editors' Note and Special Communication: Research Priorities in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Emerging From the COVID-19 Pandemic

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Department of Psychiatry; Eunice Kennedy Shriver Center

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Infectious Disease | Mental and Social Health | Pediatrics | Psychiatry | Psychiatry and Psychology | Virus Diseases


Over the last year, the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has resulted in profound disruptions across the globe, with school closures, social isolation, job loss, illness, and death affecting the lives of children and families in myriad ways. In an Editor's Note in our June 2020 issue,our senior editorial team described this Journal's role in advancing knowledge in child and adolescent mental health during the pandemic and outlined areas we identified as important for science and practice in our field. Since then, the Journal has published articles on the impacts of the pandemic on child and adolescent mental health and service systems, which are available in a special collection accessible through the Journal's website. Alongside many opinion papers, the pace of publication of empirical research in this area is rapidly expanding, covering important issues such as increased frequency of mental health symptoms among children and adolescents and changes in patterns of clinical service utilization such as emergency department visits. ... To build upon the JAACAP Editors’ Note and the work of Holmes et al., we conducted an international survey of professionals - practitioners and researchers - working on child and adolescent development and pediatric mental health to identify concerns about the impact of the pandemic on children, adolescents, and their families, what is helping families navigate these impacts, and the specific research topics that are of greatest importance.


COVID-19, pandemic, child and adolescent mental health

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Novins DK, Stoddard J, Althoff RR, Charach A, Cortese S, Cullen KR, Frazier JA, Glatt SJ, Henderson SW, Herringa RJ, Hulvershorn L, Kieling C, McBride AB, McCauley E, Middeldorp CM, Reiersen AM, Rockhill CM, Sagot AJ, Scahill L, Simonoff E, Stewart SE, Szigethy E, Taylor JH, White T, Zima BT. Editors' Note and Special Communication: Research Priorities in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Emerging From the COVID-19 Pandemic. J Am Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry. 2021 Mar 17:S0890-8567(21)00153-2. doi: 10.1016/j.jaac.2021.03.005. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 33741474. Link to article on publisher's site

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Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry


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