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New Study: Youth Mental Health and COVID Safety

March 7, 2022

There is growing evidence that mental health disorders may increase the risk of COVID-19 infection — but how? Studies of adults show that pre-existing mental health disorders are associated with increased risk of COVID-19 infection, severity, and mortality. This is probably because mental health challenges can get in the way of taking precautions to protect yourself. But no one has studied COVID-19 risk-mitigation adherence among youth with mental disorders.

Our scientists set out to examine associations between COVID-19 risk-mitigation practices and specific mental disorders among female and male youth in the New York City metropolitan area. We found that some mental health disorders are actually tied to better COVID risk mitigation, while others are tied to poorer COVID safety.

Learn more about our Healthy Brain Network, which allows us to understand so much about the mental health of young people in the New York region.

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