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Strategies to Mitigate the Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Child and Youth Well-Being: A Scoping Review Protocol

2022

Strategies to Mitigate the Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Child and Youth Well-Being: A Scoping Review Protocol

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Children and youth are often more vulnerable than adults to emotional impacts of trauma. Wide-ranging negative effects (eg, social isolation, lack of physical activity) of the COVID-19 pandemic on children and youth are well established. This scoping review will identify, describe and categorise strategies taken to mitigate potentially deleterious impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on children, youth and their families.

We will conduct a scoping review following the Arksey-O’Malley five-stage scoping review method and the Scoping Review Methods Manual by the Joanna Briggs Institute. Well-being will be operationalised according to pre-established domains (health and nutrition, connectedness, safety and support, learning and competence, and agency and resilience). Articles in all languages for this review will be identified in CINAHL, Cochrane CENTRAL Register of Controlled Trials, EMBASE, ERIC, Education Research Complete, MEDLINE and APA PsycINFO. The search strategy will be restricted to articles published on or after 1 December 2019. We will include primary empirical and non-empirical methodologies, excluding protocols, reports, opinions and editorials, to identify new data for a broad range of strategies to mitigate potentially deleterious impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on child and youth well-being. Two reviewers will calibrate screening criteria and the data abstraction form and will independently screen records and abstract data. Data synthesis will be performed according to the convergent integrated approach described by the Joanna Briggs Institute.

Ethical approval is not applicable as this review will be conducted on published data. Findings of this study will be disseminated at national and international conferences and will inform our panCanadian multidisciplinary team of researchers, public, health professionals and knowledge users to codesign and pilot test a digital psychoeducational health tool—an interactive, web-based tool to help Canadian youth and their families address poor mental well-being resulting from and persisting beyond the COVID-19 pandemic.

Moss, S. J., Lorenzetti, D. L., FitzGerald, E. A., Smith, S., Harley, M., Tutelman, P. R., Birnie, K., Mizen, S. J., Anglin, M. C., Stelfox, H. T., Fiest, K. M., & Parsons Leigh, J. (2022). Strategies to Mitigate the Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Child and Youth Well-Being: A Scoping Review Protocol. BMJ Open, 12(7), 1-8. https://bmjopen.bmj.com/content/12/7/e062413

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