Well-being is characterized by a measure of overall quality of life that spans cognitive, behavioral, emotional, and social functions. As a multi-dimensional concept, its measurement is vital for the evaluation of mental and physical development. Well-being was immensely disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic and enforced isolation measures, resulting in challenged mental, physical, and emotional health of children. Prior studies pertaining to the impacts on the youth population include an increase in sedentary behaviors, social isolation, and more severe symptoms of stress, anxiety and depression. A lack of physical activity and social distancing could lead to numerous psychosocial and physical implications. Research findings demonstrate the need for a focus on child wellbeing post pandemic. There is currently no existing tool to assess child wellbeing. The Wellbeing Tool that we propose is an instrument that will measure overall quality of life, utilizing pictures and simple language suitable for young children to easily comprehend. The Wellbeing Tool is beneficial to assess the emotional, physical, and mental health of children in a standardized way, especially in times of extreme stress and poor health due to external factors. Results from this study can be utilized to raise awareness of the negative effects of quarantine and isolation and to develop interventions that address challenges of mental health in youth.
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Avrani, Ashley; Castano, Marisa; Haladus, Karolina; Haladus, Karolina; Liguori, Christie; and Loughlin, Katherine, "The Need for a Wellbeing Tool for Children" (2022). Research Days Posters 2022. 17.