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The research team is hoping to obtain more detailed data on the COVID-19 pandemic’s impact on the mental health of youth with an attention deficit disorder or attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

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The month of March is dedicated to the mental health of children and adolescents! The research team is hoping to obtain more detailed data on the COVID-19 pandemic’s impact on the mental health of youth with an attention deficit disorder or attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Researchers will seek answers to this issue from the longitudinal cohorts of the COMPASS study in Québec.

The COMPASS project is a Canada-wide study launched in 2012-2013 to conduct research into the health habits of high school/secondary school students.

Since 2018, adolescents from a number of secondary schools in Eastern Québec are participating in an annual survey on topics such as depression, anxiety and fulfilment. With the onset of COVID-19, COMPASS shifted its activities from traditional to virtual. In May and June of last year, over 7,000 youth in Québec participated in the study.

The Québec survey has an appendix that includes, among other things, questions regarding ADHD and related treatments. This research project will investigate three specific indicators of mental health among youth with ADHD, namely depression, anxiety and fulfilment.

COMPASS, a longitudinal study, seeks to obtain scientific data on an ongoing basis as a way of better understanding the world of today’s adolescents while also supporting actions designed to support their health and well-being. Originally begun in 2012, COMPASS is run in four provinces and three territories.

Annual surveys are carried out in participating high schools and secondary schools to report on changes in the health of adolescents, the determinants of health and the environments in which they are evolving. The information gathered over the past years ensure that control groups not exposed to COVID-19 can offer up data for observing the changes since the pandemic and analyzing their impacts on our youth.

Rapidly available, results could underscore the importance of immediately adapting the support reserved for those youth most in need.