Behavioural and emotional disorders in children during COVID-19 pandemic in Ujjain district
Keywords:COVID-19, Behavioural problems, Emotional disorders
Background: Objectives of the study was to find the prevalence of behavioral and emotional disorder in children and correlate it with various epidemiological factors.
Methods: This observational study includes 240 children of 6 to 18 years of age using child behavioral checklist (CBCL). The study was conducted from the month December 2020 to June 2022, as this was the period with major COVID-19 cases in Ujjain district.
Results: Out of 240, children showed clinically significant behavioral problems were oppositional defiant disorder 29.4% (n=5), anxiety 14.90% (n=10), attention deficit/ hyperactivity 14.9% (n=4), depression 10.421% (n=25), somatic 5.80% (n=9) and conduct problems 3.8% (n=6).
Conclusions: The COVID-19 pandemic has caused behavioral problems in adolescents, correlated with age, gender, history of infection, death, and quarantine in the family member.
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