BRIM Bergen Research group for intervention and mental health across the Lifespan
Research project

COVID Young: Youth During the COVID-19 Pandemic

How are adolescents faring during the COVID-19 pandemic? In this longitudinal study, we inquire into the experiences and functioning of adolescents aged 13-18 years throughout this period. We examine aspects related to mental health and quality of life, physical activity, screen time, and the utilization of services during the lockdown. Furthermore, we investigate the impact of the pandemic containment measures on family dynamics, as perceived from the parents' point of view.

Main content

"COVID-Young" constitutes a segment of the Bergen in Change COVID-19 Study (in Norwegian). It represents a collaborative effort involving the faculties of psychology and medicine, the Norwegian Institute of Public Health, the Municipality of Bergen, and the County of Vestland, within the framework of the Alrek Health Cluster.

Up to this point, data collection has been conducted in April 2020, December 2020, April 2021, and May 2022.

Scientific publications: 

Lehmann, S., Haug, E., Bjørknes, R., Mjeldheim Sandal, G., T Fadnes, L., & Skogen, J. C. (2022). Quality of life among young people in Norway during the COVID-19 pandemic. A longitudinal study. European child & adolescent psychiatry, 1-11.

Haug, E., Mæland, S., Lehmann, S., Bjørknes, R., Fadnes, L. T., Sandal, G. M., & Skogen, J. C. (2022). Increased Gaming During COVID-19 Predicts Physical Inactivity Among Youth in Norway—A Two-Wave Longitudinal Cohort Study. Frontiers in Public Health, 10.

Lehmann, S., Skogen, J. C., Sandal, G. M., Haug, E., & Bjørknes, R. (2022). Emerging mental health problems during the COVID-19 pandemic among presumably resilient youth-a 9-month follow-up. BMC psychiatry, 22(1), 1-12.

Bjørknes, R., Sandal, G. M., Mæland, S., Haug, E., & Lehmann, S. (2021). ‘We are unlikely to return to the same world, and I do not want it to destroy my future.’ Young people's worries through the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. Child & Family Social Work, 1– 8. https://doi.org/10.1111/cfs.12878

Lehmann, S., Skogen, J. C., Haug, E., Mæland, S., Fadnes, L. T., Sandal, G. M., ... & Bjørknes, R. (2021). Perceived consequences and worries among youth in Norway during the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown. Scandinavian Journal of Public Health, 49(7), 755-765.