ARCH Lab Publishes Paper on Impact of Pandemic on Psychological Distress in Youth with Chronic Illness

Mr. Ferro, along with colleague Alène Toulany from SickKids and the University of Toronto, recently published a paper titled “Longitudinal association between youth multimorbidity and psychological distress: impact of the COVID-19 pandemic” in the journal Child Psychiatry and Human Development.

The paper, sampling from 147 parent-youth dyads participating in the larger MY LIFE study, examined longitudinal associations between youth physical-mental multimorbidity and psychological distress before and during the COVID-19 pandemic. The study also assessed the contextual impact of the pandemic on these associations and investigated potential moderating factors.

The following findings were highlighted:

  • Multimorbidity was associated with higher pre-pandemic, but not with intra-pandemic distress
  • Disability moderated pre-pandemic distress, meaning multimorbidity was associated with higher psychological distress among youth with high disability, but not among youth with low disability
  • Age moderated intra-pandemic distress, specifically multimorbidity was associated with higher psychological distress in older youth, but not among younger youth