Journal article

COVID-19 Unmasked Global Collaboration Protocol: longitudinal cohort study examining mental health of young children and caregivers during the pandemic

Alexandra C De Young, Mira Vasileva, Joanna Boruszak-Kiziukiewicz, Dilara Demipence Secinti, Hope Christie, Marthe R Egberts, Xenia Anastassiou-Hadjicharalambous, Meghan L Marsac, Gemma Ruiz



Background: Early empirical data shows that school-aged children, adolescents and adults are experiencing elevated levels of anxiety and depression during the COVID-19 pandemic. Currently, there is very little research on mental health outcomes for young children. Objectives: To describe the formation of a global collaboration entitled, 'COVID-19 Unmasked'. The collaborating researchers aim to (1) describe and compare the COVID-19 related experiences within and across countries; (2) examine mental health outcomes for young children (1 to 5 years) and caregivers over a 12-month period during the COVID-19 pandemic; (3) explore the trajectories/time course of psychological outcomes of the child..

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Awarded by German Research Foundation

Awarded by National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences, National Institutes of Health

Funding Acknowledgements

MV is supported by a postdoc fellowship funded by the German Research Foundation (Research Fellowship #420503242). The USA team is supported in part by the National Center for Research Resources and the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences, National Institutes of Health, through Grant UL1TR001998. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the NIH. The polish team is supported by the funds from the Faculty of Psychology at the University of Warsaw awarded by the Polish Ministry of Science and Higher Education in the form of a subvention for maintaining and developing research potential in 2020.