Clinical mental health interventions with adolescents during the COVID-19 pandemic: A scoping review

Intervenções clínicas de saúde mental com adolescentes durante a pandemia de COVID- 19: Uma revisão de escopo

Icaro Moreira Costa , Carine Tabaczinski , Eduardo Remor , Lívia Maria Bedin

Suma Psicológica, (2024), 31(1), pp. 10-18.

Received 27 September 2023
Accept 5 February 2024


Introdução/Objetivo: Embora afete adultos, as medidas de distanciamento social causaram maiores impactos negativos em adolescentes, especialmente por não poderem interagir com seus colegas na escola. O presente estudo objetivou investigar a produção científica referente às intervenções psicossociais clínicas de saúde mental com adolescentes durante a pandemia de COVID-19. Método: A busca foi realizada nas bases de dados Embase, PsycNET, Pubmed, Scopus and Scielo, sendo definido o período de 2020 a 2023. ​​Dezesseis artigos que atenderam aos critérios de inclusão pré-estabelecidos. Resultados: Em relação aos fatores de risco psicológicos que as intervenções procuraram reduzir, constatou-se que a depressão 50% (n = 8) e a ansiedade 43,7% (n = 7) foram os desfechos mais frequentemente selecionados nos estudos. As intervenções também procuraram melhorar os fatores psicológicos protetivos (n = 9), tais como resiliência, coping, qualidade de vida, bem-estar e inteligência emocional. Conclusão: Foi possível verificar que diversos métodos terapeuticos podem favorecer a saúde mental de adolescentes em períodos de isolamento social, sendo, pelas evidências, a principal delas, o mindfulness.

Saúde Mental, COVID-19, adolescentes, intervenção, Revisão de escopo


Introduction/objective: Although social distancing measures affect adults, they have caused greater negative impacts in adolescents, especially for not being able to interact with peers at school. The study aimed to investigate the scientific production regarding psychosocial clinical mental health interventions with adolescents during the COVID-19 pandemic. Method: The search was carried out in the Embase, PsycNET, Pubmed, Scopus, and Scielo databases, covering the period from 2020 to 2023. Sixteen articles that met the pre-established inclusion criteria were analysed. Results: Regarding the psychological risk factors that the interventions sought to reduce, it was found that depression 50% (n = 8) and anxiety 43.7% (n = 7) were the most frequently selected outcomes in the studies. The interventions also sought to improve protective psychological factors (n = 9) such as resilience, coping, quality of life, well-being and emotional intelligence. Conclusions: It was possible to verify that several therapeutic methods can promote the mental health of adolescents in periods of social isolation, the main one according to the evidence, being mindfulness.

Mental Health, COVID-19, adolescents, intervention, Scoping Review

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