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11-05-2022 | Original Article

COVID-19-related anxiety and trauma symptoms predict decreases in body image satisfaction in children

Auteurs: Philip Aucoin, Olivia Gardam, Elizabeth St. John, Laila Kokenberg-Gallant, Sophie Corbeil, Jonathan Smith, Fanny-Alexandra Guimond

Gepubliceerd in: Child Psychiatry & Human Development

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Abstract

The present study investigated short-term longitudinal effects of COVID-19-related trauma and separation, social, and generalized anxiety symptoms on children’s body image satisfaction. Participants were 247 Canadian children (121 boys, 123 girls) aged between 7 and 12 years (M = 9.04). Two cohorts of parents were recruited to complete a questionnaire at two time points on their children’s body image satisfaction and COVID-19-related trauma and anxiety symptoms. The first cohort (n = 136 children) was recruited in Summer 2020 and the second cohort (n = 111 children) was recruited in Winter 2021. For each cohort, follow-up surveys were completed approximately five months later, therefore covering an entire year with both cohorts. Multilevel regression analyses showed that children’s trauma and anxiety at Time 1 predicted significant decreases in body image satisfaction at Time 2. Older children were especially at risk of decreased body image satisfaction as a result of their COVID-19-related trauma, social anxiety and generalized anxiety symptoms. Younger girls were susceptible to decreased body image satisfaction as a result of their separation anxiety symptoms. Given that children’s body image dissatisfaction is a precursor to the development of eating disorders, these findings shed light on potential targets for early intervention with children who are at-risk of developing such difficulties.

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Metagegevens
Titel
COVID-19-related anxiety and trauma symptoms predict decreases in body image satisfaction in children
Auteurs
Philip Aucoin
Olivia Gardam
Elizabeth St. John
Laila Kokenberg-Gallant
Sophie Corbeil
Jonathan Smith
Fanny-Alexandra Guimond
Publicatiedatum
11-05-2022
Uitgeverij
Springer US
Gepubliceerd in
Child Psychiatry & Human Development
Print ISSN: 0009-398X
Elektronisch ISSN: 1573-3327
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1007/s10578-022-01364-1