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TABLE 1

Pediatric Mental Health Presentations 12 Months Before and After COVID-19 Pandemic Onset

CharacteristicsMarch 2019–February 2020March 2020– February 2021χ2/t TestP
Total number of pediatric mental health presentations 2020 1779   
 Strictest lockdown period(March–May) 531 335   
Patient’s age     
 Children (4–11 y) 444 (22.0%) 288 (16.2%) 20.395 <.001 
 Adolescents (12–18 y) 1576 (78.0%) 1491 (83.8%)   
Sex     
 Males (N/%) 889 (44.0%) 609 (34.2%) 38.018 <.001 
 Females (N/%) 1130 (56.0%) 1170 (65.8%)   
Insurance     
 Public 929 (46.0%) 742 (41.7%) 7.037 .008 
 Private 1091(54.0%) 1037 (58.3%)   
Length of boarding, in d (mean/SD) 2.10 (5.17) 4.62 (8.16) −11.220 <.001 
Length of admission, in d (mean/SD) 2.51(5.49) 5.50 (8.66) −12.525 <.001 
Suicidality     
 Suicide ideation/attempts 1004 (49.7%) 1073 (60.3%) 42.984 <.001 
 Suicide attempts only 236 (11.7%) 369 (20.7%) 57.976 <.001 
Diagnosis     
 Depressive disorders 1280 (63.4%) 1253 (70.4%) 21.259 <.001 
 Anxiety disorders 930 (46.0%) 899 (50.5%) 7.654 .006 
 ADHD 605 (30.0%) 558 (31.4%) 0.892 .345 
 Disruptive, impulse control andconduct disorders 648 (32.1%) 474 (26.6%) 13.426 <.001 
 Trauma- and stressor-related disorders 503 (24.9%) 382 (21.5%) 6.222 .014 
 Autism spectrum and other neurodevelopmental disorders 237 (11.7%) 211 (11.9%) 0.015 .903 
 Eating disorders 139 (6.9%) 246 (13.8%) 50.124 <.001 
 Substance-related disorders 135 (6.7%) 163 (9.2%) 8.043 .005 
 Schizophrenia spectrum andpsychotic disorders 82 (4.1%) 83 (4.7%) 0.837 .360 
 Bipolar and related disorders 88 (4.4%) 73 (4.1%) 0.149 .699 
 Obsessive-compulsive and related disorders 70 (3.5%) 114 (6.4%) 17.774 <.001 
 Other 34 (1.7%) 37 (2.1%) 0.811 .368 
CharacteristicsMarch 2019–February 2020March 2020– February 2021χ2/t TestP
Total number of pediatric mental health presentations 2020 1779   
 Strictest lockdown period(March–May) 531 335   
Patient’s age     
 Children (4–11 y) 444 (22.0%) 288 (16.2%) 20.395 <.001 
 Adolescents (12–18 y) 1576 (78.0%) 1491 (83.8%)   
Sex     
 Males (N/%) 889 (44.0%) 609 (34.2%) 38.018 <.001 
 Females (N/%) 1130 (56.0%) 1170 (65.8%)   
Insurance     
 Public 929 (46.0%) 742 (41.7%) 7.037 .008 
 Private 1091(54.0%) 1037 (58.3%)   
Length of boarding, in d (mean/SD) 2.10 (5.17) 4.62 (8.16) −11.220 <.001 
Length of admission, in d (mean/SD) 2.51(5.49) 5.50 (8.66) −12.525 <.001 
Suicidality     
 Suicide ideation/attempts 1004 (49.7%) 1073 (60.3%) 42.984 <.001 
 Suicide attempts only 236 (11.7%) 369 (20.7%) 57.976 <.001 
Diagnosis     
 Depressive disorders 1280 (63.4%) 1253 (70.4%) 21.259 <.001 
 Anxiety disorders 930 (46.0%) 899 (50.5%) 7.654 .006 
 ADHD 605 (30.0%) 558 (31.4%) 0.892 .345 
 Disruptive, impulse control andconduct disorders 648 (32.1%) 474 (26.6%) 13.426 <.001 
 Trauma- and stressor-related disorders 503 (24.9%) 382 (21.5%) 6.222 .014 
 Autism spectrum and other neurodevelopmental disorders 237 (11.7%) 211 (11.9%) 0.015 .903 
 Eating disorders 139 (6.9%) 246 (13.8%) 50.124 <.001 
 Substance-related disorders 135 (6.7%) 163 (9.2%) 8.043 .005 
 Schizophrenia spectrum andpsychotic disorders 82 (4.1%) 83 (4.7%) 0.837 .360 
 Bipolar and related disorders 88 (4.4%) 73 (4.1%) 0.149 .699 
 Obsessive-compulsive and related disorders 70 (3.5%) 114 (6.4%) 17.774 <.001 
 Other 34 (1.7%) 37 (2.1%) 0.811 .368 

Inferential tests when means were contrasted (ie, t tests) involved corrections in their degrees of freedom and subsequently the t-values when the assumption of equal between groups variances was not satisfied. t test statistics were adjusted for unequal variances through adapting the number of degrees of freedom.

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