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Physical Health, Media Use, and Mental Health in Children and Adolescents With ADHD During the COVID-19 Pandemic in Australia

Emma Sciberras, Pooja Patel, Mark A Stokes, David Coghill, Christel M Middeldorp, Mark A Bellgrove, Stephen P Becker, Daryl Efron, Argyris Stringaris, Stephen V Faraone, Susannah T Bellows, Jon Quach, Tobias Banaschewski, Jane McGillivray, Delyse Hutchinson, Tim J Silk, Glenn Melvin, Amanda G Wood, Anna Jackson, George Loram Show all



OBJECTIVE: To examine the impact of COVID-19 restrictions among children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). METHODS: Parents of 213 Australian children (5-17 years) with ADHD completed a survey in May 2020 when COVID-19 restrictions were in place (i.e., requiring citizens to stay at home except for essential reasons). RESULTS: Compared to pre-pandemic, children had less exercise (Odds Ratio (OR) = 0.4; 95% CI 0.3-0.6), less outdoor time (OR = 0.4; 95% 0.3-0.6), and less enjoyment in activities (OR = 6.5; 95% CI 4.0-10.4), while television (OR = 4.0; 95% CI 2.5-6.5), social media (OR = 2.4; 95% CI 1.3-4.5), gaming (OR = 2.0; 95% CI 1.3-3.0), sad/depressed mood (OR = 1.8; 95..

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Awarded by Australian National Health and Medical Research Council Career (NHMRC) Development Fellowship

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Funding Acknowledgements

The author(s) disclosed receipt of the following financial support for the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article: Funding support for this project was provided through the Center for Social and Early Emotional Development, a Strategic Research Center of the Office of the Deputy Vice Chancellor Research, Deakin University Australia. A/Prof Sciberras was funded by an Australian National Health and Medical Research Council Career (NHMRC) Development Fellowship (1110688) and a veski Inspiring Women's Fellowship. Prof Bellgrove is supported by a Senior Research Fellowship (level B) from the NHMRC. A/Prof Efron was supported by a Clinician Scientist Fellowship from the Murdoch Children's Research Institute (MCRI). A/Prof Hutchinson was supported by a NHMRC Investigator Grant (1197488). MCRI is supported by the Victorian Government's Operational Infrastructure Support program.