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Understanding the health and well-being of Canadian Black children and youth during the COVID-19 pandemic: a review

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Black, children, COVID-19, healthcare access, youth, intersectionality

Abstract (summary)

The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated health inequities and vulnerabilities in our society, with the Black population being disproportionately affected. As previous pandemics have resulted in an increase in adverse events to children and youth, we reviewed the literature to examine the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Black children and youth. We found Black children and youth experience psychosocial stressors related to uncertainties of the future. Differential gender effects related to COVID-19 are also apparent. Physical distancing related to the COVID-19 pandemic which resulted in differential impacts on physical activity levels in children. We also noted, increase levels of isolation may result in undetected child abuse. The review highlights the urgent need for multifaceted interventions that address disparities in social determinants of health and psychosocial needs of Black children and youth in Canada. Future research that addresses the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on Black children and youth is needed to help create context-specific interventions.

Publication Information

Kemei, J., & Salami, B. (2022). Understanding the Health and Well-being of Canadian Black Children and Youth during the COVID-19 pandemic: A Review. International Health Trends and Perspectives, 2(1), 118–128.


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Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs (CC BY-NC-ND)