Síntomas somáticos, ansiedad y miedo entre chicos adolescentes españoles durante la segunda ola por Covid-19: un estudio descriptivo


Introduction: The emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic has consequences among children and adolescents. The present study aimed 1) to assess fear of COVID-19, anxiety, somatic symptoms and emotional reaction and 2) to investigate relationships between variables such as gender, age and course.

Methodology: 199 Spanish children and adolescents (from Year 3 of Primary Education to Year 2 of Baccalaureate) with a mean age of 12.48 years. We used the Fear of COVID-19 Scale (FCV-19S), the short form of STAI and PHQ-15.

Results: 1) school students present neither fear, nor anxiety, nor symptomatic symptoms; 2) girls present more somatic symptoms; 3) the 12.49-18 years age group presents greater trait anxiety and levels of somatization compared with the younger children in the 8-12.48 year group; 4) secondary school students show a greater prevalence of unpleasant emotions compared to their counterparts in primary education and baccalaureate; 5) unpleasant emotions are related to fear of COVID-19, trait anxiety, somatizations and age (older children); and 6) we found a presence of psychological and/or psychiatric comorbidity.

Conclusion: Further studies should explore the role of adolescents’ problematic insecurity as risk factors for additional psychopathological symptoms.

Keywords: COVID-19; mental health; anxiety; fear; students.


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Martínez-Lorca, M., Criado-Álvarez, J., Aguado Romo, R., & Martínez-Lorca, A. (2023). Síntomas somáticos, ansiedad y miedo entre chicos adolescentes españoles durante la segunda ola por Covid-19: un estudio descriptivo. MLS Psychology Research, 6(2). https://doi.org/10.33000/mlspr.v6i2.1414


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