Canadian children have experienced deteriorations in their mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic. Risk factors for worsening children’s mental health have been identified, along with protective factors that appear to buffer against the negative effects of the pandemic.
We are collecting intensive longitudinal data about dynamic risk and protective factors from parents and children in a longitudinal Canadian birth cohort. We will use network analysis to identify chains of association and feedback loops between risk and protective factors.
Our results will provide new information about the most important factors to target in efforts to support children’s mental health during the pandemic.