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Both the COVID-19 pandemic and the restrictive measures applied can have marked detrimental effects on the quality of life of minors in relation to physical and mental health, as well as on their relationships with family and friends. Children and adolescents are especially vulnerable in crisis situations such as this.

This can have a major impact especially for those with mental health problems, who account for 10-20% of children worldwide. Of these, symptoms of anxiety and depression are the most common.

This study consists of conducting and analysing the survey of the COH-FIT study (Collaborative Outcomes study on Health and Functioning during Infection Times) in a nationally representative Spanish sample of 600 children and 600 adolescents and in an additional sample of convenience of approximately 1800 children and adolescents, with the goal aim of analysing the status, evolution and factors involved in the mental health of the non-adult population related to the pandemic and its phases. 

COH-FIT is a large collaboration of international experts using a common global survey goal to characterise the health and well-being consequences of the current crisis on 5 continents, across the life cycle, and in different phases of the pandemic. COH-FIT expects to exceed 150,000 participants of all ages, having already reached 90,000, although most of them have been adults. The present project seeks to overcome this deficit of knowledge in minors. 

The project 'Health and functioning effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on Spanish children and young people ' (Ref: 2020/794406) is funded by the department of Health of the Government of Navarra in the framework of the Call for research projects in Health Sciences related to the pandemic produced by the SASRS-Cov-2 virus.

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Main researcher

Gonzalo Arrondo
group Mind-brain ,