Distinct patterns of emotional and behavioral change in child psychiatry outpatients during the COVID-19 pandemic

This was the first publication on pandemic-related mental health changes in child psychiatric outpatients in the United States. Empirically-derived multivariate models showed that child psychiatric outpatients had highly variable emotional and behavioral reactions to the pandemic, with some showing stability, others even showing improvement, and two groups manifesting distinctive patterns of worsening symptoms predicted by their prior psychopathology. Results have implications for clinical care as well as ongoing research on genetic contributions to youth mental health.

December 14, 2022


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