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COVID-19: Mapping anxiety in kids and adolescents using DHF-S and EATE tests

Grant number: 20/10460-2
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Scientific Initiation
Effective date (Start): February 01, 2021
Effective date (End): January 31, 2022
Field of knowledge:Humanities - Psychology - Fundamentals and Assessments in Psychology
Principal researcher:Helena Rinaldi Rosa
Grantee:Giulia Burgos Manhani
Home Institution: Instituto de Psicologia (IP). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil

Abstract

A few months after the first cases of the novel coronavirus in December 2019, the world faced a health crisis and a viral strain gained global pandemic status. It has been proven in similar situations, such as the H1N1 and SARS pandemic, that this is a scenario that affects the mental health of those who have their daily lives altered drastically by social isolation and the perspective of contraction of the disease, among other risk factors. Several mental health mapping surveys of the population have been done, and anxiety stands out among the psychological disorders observed, the focus of current research. Since the new coronavirus affects most severely the elder population, children and adolescents have been deprecated, although it has been shown in previous studies that they are severely affected by pandemic scenarios. In view of this discrepancy, this research aims to help mapping the psychological demands of this population, especially in regard to anxiety, using the Human Figure Drawing with a Story (HFD-S) and the Escala de Avaliação da Ansiedade Traço Estado (EATE).

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