HumanInsight Mental Healthcare Utilization, Modalities, and Disruptions During Spring 2021 of the COVID-19 Pandemic Among U.S. Adolescents
J Adolesc Health. 2022 Jun 28:S1054-139X(22)00507-9. doi: 10.1016/j.jadohealth.2022.06.012. Online ahead of print.
PURPOSE: The COVID-19 pandemic fomented a mental health crisis among adolescents. The present study contributes a national snapshot of mental healthcare utilization, including disruptions, barriers, and modalities, among U.S. adolescents.
METHODS: Logistic regressions analyzing self-reports from a representative sample (N = 532) of 13-17-year-olds recruited from the AmeriSpeak Teen Panel during Spring 2021.
RESULTS: Few demographic characteristics were associated with disruptions. Text-based communication/chat was most prevalent among minoritized racial and ethnic groups. Parental support was positively associated with finding private space for telehealth visits. Black adolescents were less likely to report in-person visits. Among those unable to receive care, Black adolescents preferred in-person visits.
DISCUSSION: Policies enacted to facilitate access to text-based communication/chat should continue to limit disruptions and promote racial equity. Additional efforts should target improving access to in-person visits among Black adolescents. Clinicians should encourage parent/guardian collaboration to facilitate access to private space for telehealth visits.
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