div data-content-text=””>INNSBRUCK. The results are quite alarming for us, say the experts from Innsbruck University Hospital after the second round of surveys as part of the Tyrolean Covid-19 child study. The alarm calls from the experts are also heard by domestic politicians.
“The study by the University of Innsbruck on the psychosocial situation of children and adolescents clearly shows how important it is to focus on combating the emotional consequences of the crisis for young people. We are aware of this and have reacted to the increasingly precarious situation with a new advisory board for psychosocial health in the Ministry of Social Affairs, the establishment of additional therapy places by the ÖGK and the opening of extracurricular child and youth work, “explains the child and youth spokeswoman der Grünen, Barbara Neßler, today’s presentation of the alarming results of the Tyrolean Covid19 study.
Neßler points out that the Advisory Board of the Ministry of Social Affairs started its work in February and is already intensively concerned with the situation of children and young people. “Of course we have to take the advisory board’s findings seriously and draw the right conclusions in order to give children and young people the support they need,” said Neßler. Neßler also names the opening of extracurricular child and youth work as an important measure: “In the opening steps, it was important to me to give young people top priority. We succeeded in doing this with the opening of extracurricular youth work on March 15th. After many months in which far too much time was spent in front of the screen, it is important that children and young people can finally be active in groups and be able to move around again. Whether during football training, on an excursion with the boy scouts or at a girls’ club in the youth center. Activities like these give new energy, daily structure and motivation. ”Neßler is also clear that we cannot go back to the agenda with the restoration of the normal situation, as we have to deal with the long-term consequences of an exceptional situation for well over a year.
The Covid-19 Child Study
The research project of the University Clinic for Psychiatry, Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics in Children and Adolescents, funded by the State of Tyrol, lasts 24 months. The aim is the long-term recording of symptoms of anxiety, stress and trauma as well as the quality of life of 3 to 12 year old children. In the second round of surveys, which lasted from December to the end of January 2021, families from all over Tyrol were asked to fill out the specially developed online questionnaires. 703 families from North and South Tyrol, 280 more than in the first round of the survey, took part. In addition, 224 children were interviewed, 4 more than the first time. A large number of the participants in the first round of questions were also there this time. “Thanks to the very lively participation, we now have the opportunity to compare the two survey times March 2020 and January 2021,” explains Kathrin Sevecke, head of the study and Primaria of the Department for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics at the State Hospital (LKH) Hall. The results are quite alarming. A picture that also coincides with the experiences of the special consultation and telephone hotline set up in December last year at the department for child and adolescent psychiatry in Hall in Tyrol for severely stressed children and their parents. The results of the scientific study had already contributed directly to the further development of relief and support measures. “We see that the number of children who feel very stressed is increasing,” says Sevecke.
The Stadtblatt article on the Covid 19 child study can be found here