State of the Nation: A 50-State COVID-19 Survey Report #23: Depression Among Young Adults   [open pdf - 0B]

From the Document: "Alongside the direct health impact of COVID-19 [coronavirus disease 2019] itself, there has been increasing recognition of the consequences of the pandemic for mental health. Initial attention focused on the front line health workers impacted by the first surge, but Americans have felt the impact of the pandemic and the strategies required to contain it far more broadly. [...] In our earlier 50-state survey wave in May, we noted substantial elevation in rates of depression (up to 27% across age groups), compared to historical norms using the same screening measure - in those aged 20-39, rates of moderate depression between 2013 and 2016 averaged to 7.7%. In this report, we examine whether rates of depression among people aged 18-24 changed during the summer and early fall, as the pandemic expanded and shifted to new regions of the US. We characterize mental health in more detail, looking at individual symptoms, including thoughts of suicide, generalized anxiety, and disruption in sleep. We also consider whether particular demographic subgroups are differentially impacted in terms of mental health."

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Report No.23, v.1
Northeastern University; Harvard Medical School; Rutgers University; Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics, and Public Policy; Northwestern University
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The State of the Nation, A 50-State COVID-19 Survey: https://covidstates.org/
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